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Westminster Talks: Prime Ministers and Downing Street from 1735 Until Today: A Uniquely British Puzzle

University of Westminster

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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The University of Westminster's Lecture Series 'Westminster Talks 2016-2017

Westminster Talks is proud to continue new series with a talk by former student Sir Anthony Seldon.


Prime Ministers and Downing Street from 1735 until today: a uniquely British puzzle

Britain has had 53 Prime Ministers since 1710, 38 of whom have lived in Downing Street. This lecture will describe the constraints of the physical space in No 10, and how the premiership evolved through four stages over the last 300 years. The lecture draws on Anthony Seldon’s experience of writing books on the last four Prime Ministers, as the authorised historian of Downing Street, and on his experience of helping earlier Prime Ministers after they left office. No 10 is one of the most important and celebrated historic buildings in the world, it is also one of the most puzzling, as he will reveal in this illustrated lecture.


Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham, is a leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author.

He was Master of Wellington College, one of Britain's leading independent schools, until 2015. He is author or editor of over 40 books on contemporary history, politics and education, was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History, is co-founder of Action for Happiness, and is honorary historical adviser to 10 Downing Street.

His many other activities include being Chair of the National Comment Awards, a member of the First World War Centenary Culture Committee, and a governor of The Royal Shakespeare Company.


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The University of Westminster, Fyvie Hall
309 Regent St
W1B 2HW London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 18:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

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The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations. We offer highly attractive practice-based courses which are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition.

Our distinguished 175-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences. Additionally, our position in the heart of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the world of business, information technology, and law.

The Westminster Talks series features a diverse mix of speakers who are proud to have a shared history and an exciting future with us. The series aims to connect our audiences – students, alumni, staff, supporters and friends, offering a chance to find out about important research and practice underway at Westminster and the difference the work of our alumni, staff and honorary members have made in their fields.

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