Book launch and discussions with the editors and contributors

There are an estimated 300-400,000 French citizens in the UK, mainly in London.

Who are they? Why come to London? Where do they live and work? What kinds of social, cultural, political, economc contributions do the French make to the British capital? What are their histories?

A History of the French in London: Liberty, Equality, Opportunity

Edited by Debra Kelly and Martyn Cornick, published by Institute of Historical Research (IHR) Publications, available at the book launch at a discounted price.

Book launch and discussions with the editors and contributors

Visit the University of Westminster to meet and exchange your views and experiences with the editors and contributors to the first history of the social, cultural, political and economic presence of the French in London.

The book explores the multiple ways in which French residents have contributed to the life of the British capital. London has often provided a place of refuge, from the Huguenots in the 17th century, through the period of the French Revolution, to various exile communities in the 19th century, and on to the Free French in the Second World War. It also provides insights into the significant contemporary French presence by assessing the motives, lives and experiences of French citizens seeking new opportunities in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It analyses the impact that the French have had historically, and continue to have, on London life in the arts, gastronomy, business, industry and education, which is manifested in a variety of ways and in diverse spaces and places across the capital.

This free event is open to all and is hosted by the Department of Modern and Applied Languages and the Graduate School of the University of Westminster. Doors open at 5.30pm and the book launch and discussions start at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the book’s publication.

The French connection: this event takes place in The Cinema, the hall in which the Lumière Cinématographe premièred to the press on 20 February 1896, and the next day gave the first cinema show to a paying audience in Britain:

The Cinema
University of Westminster
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2UW

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