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London Fog: The Biography
Thu 6 April 2017, 17:30 – 19:00 BST
Fogs have plagued London from the early nineteenth century and still have relevance to today’s modern world.
They have divided opinion; most Londoners knew they were dangerous but others were ambivalent, seeing them as a sign of London's success and prosperity. Visitors came to London to admire them, and writers and artists were inspired by them. London fogs became a useful metaphorical tool for writers as diverse as Charles Dickens, T S Eliot, Sam Selvon and Lynne Reid Banks. It took until 1956 to pass the Clean Air Act even though many attempts were made before.
Dr Christine Corton talks about this exciting story and one that is very relevant to the present pollution problems of today.