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Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly Director of the Parliamentary Archives in London, and before that was a senior archivist at the National Archives. Her book The Day Parliament Burned Down won the Political Book of the Year Award in 2013 and Mary Beard called it ‘microhistory at its absolute best’ while Dan Jones considered it ‘glorious’. Its acclaimed sequel, Mr Barry’s War, about the rebuilding of the Palace of Westminster, was a Book of the Year in 2016 for The Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine and was described by Lucy Worsley as ‘a real jewel, finely wrought and beautiful’.  During 2017 Caroline will be Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library.

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  1. Enjoyed your AfL talk last night and look forward to reading the book. There is a letter in the RSA archive from Barry about a private view with the Duchess of Sutherland of the exhibition of manufactures being held at John Adam Street. Barry was elected a member of the Society of Arts in 1825. Susan Bennett, William Shipley Group for RSA History

  2. Caroline, I really enjoyed the lecture here in Ely on thurs. Had to make a quick exit so completely forgot I wanted to buy your book……am I too late

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