San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
From drama to satire the British public's view of democracy has long been shaped by its fictionalised versions. Come and hear Professor Steven Fielding's latest research on how the British have imagined their politics, from the parliament worship of Anthony Trollope to the cynicism of The Thick of It. Fielding argues that dramas and fictions have performed a crucial if rarely noted role in the battle of ideas, in a way undreamt of by politicians.
Fielding's talk, based on his latest book, A State of Play will examine what role Manchester and Salford have played in Britain’s imagined democracy, from Disraeli’s 1845 novel Sybil to Christopher Eccleston’s time as Dr Who and his starring role in the 2012 conspiracy drama Blackout. Along the way he discusses Walter Greenwood’s interwar novels Love on the Dole and His Worship the Mayor, the 1970s and 1980s radical dramas of Trevor Griffths and Jim Allen - as well as the politics of Coronation Street.
Steven Fielding is Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham. His new book is A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollpe to the Thick of It.
When & Where
People's History Museum
There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the People’s History Museum following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent).
Enjoy our main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse our shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in our cafe bar The Left Bank.