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September 2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Blitz on London, and the initiation of an intensive phase of aerial bombardment suffered by the capital city and later by many other large towns and cities in Britain.

Looking at the civilian experience of the Blitz and of aerial attacks, and building upon a rise in academic interest in the experience of war and postwar reconstruction over the past 15 years or so, the Blitz conference ranges from conflict to rebuilding.  A focus upon the devastation wrought upon the built environment stems from the realisation that many of the buildings and areas rebuilt after the Second World War are now facing demolition and reconstruction in their turn.

Our conference draws upon the UK experience, but also looks at war from the air and reconstruction in mainland Europe and Japan. The conference is organised in association with  the International Planning History Society (IPHS).

Registration is £60 for two days or £40 per day (student price is £30 for two days and £15 for one day) inclusive of conference papers, food and refreshments.  A film on the life of a black ARP warden is part of the first day's proceedings, while the second day ends with a field walk around Westminster and Marylebone (optional) looking at bomb sites and their reconstruction.

Download the conference programme here.

Download the conference abstracts here.

Registration ended on 27 August, 2010. 
Please note: any member of staff at the University of Westminster who wishes to attend please email Mark Clapson before that date.


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee. There are a number of affordable hotels within a close range of Portland Hall, Little Titchfield Street, W1 where the conference is being held.  The following links contain reasonably priced hotels within a short distance of the University of Westminster:

Geoff Levett also offers reasonable hotel rates for academics in London (he is a postgraduate student in History as well as a hotel proprietor).  You can contact him on: [email protected].

You can also contact Estates and Facilities at the University of Westminster to see what is available.