London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing
When: Wed 19 Jun 2013, 12.30-14.00
Where: Foyle Suite, Centre for Conservation
Price: Free, booking essential
Travis Elborough, freelance writer, author and cultural commentator, will be speaking about his book, London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic Crossing.
In 1968 Nixon entered the White House, Martin Luther King was assassinated and protests raged about the Vietnam War on both sides of the Atlantic. London however, at least in theory, was still swinging. And it was in 1968 that one of the oddest events in Anglo-American history occurred: The City of London sold London Bridge to the Arizona-based McCulloch Oil Corporation. Brick by brick the 1831 structure was dismantled and rebuilt in a decidedly dry corner of Arizona.
Travis Elborough, renowned cultural historian and author of beloved histories of the London Routemaster bus, the LP record, and the English seaside resort, tells the story of this extraordinary event. The England and America of forty odd years ago were further apart – emotionally, intellectually, politically, societally, even geographically – than we can imagine now: this fascinating story of the bridge that connected them is the subject of Travis’ talk
Organised with support from the Eccles Centre for American Studies.
This talk is part of our Summer Scholars programme. To book a space please email: firstname.lastname@example.org