Re-visiting its inheritance on the 70th anniversary

‘The Blitz and its Legacy’ – a conference investigating the devastation and regeneration of the built environment following the Blitz from local and international perspectives, and focusing on urban planning and reconstruction, will take place at the University of Westminster, in London, from 3-4 September.

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The conference coincides with 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.

Dr Mark Clapson, Reader in History at the University of Westminster said: “Few people recognise the direct effects of the Blitz experience upon the cities and towns we live and work in today. Some of our modern architecture and town planning display clear links back to this intense period of social, political and economic transformation.  

“The conference provides a great opportunity to revisit and learn, culturally and materially, from the crucial lessons learned across Britain, France, Germany and Japan on social regeneration and civic design following the aftermath, particularly as many of the buildings and areas rebuilt after the Second World War in the UK are now facing demolition and reconstruction in turn.”

Covering conflict to rebuilding, the conference will draw upon British civilian experiences of the Blitz, including aerial attacks. It also looks at war from the air and reconstruction in mainland Europe and Japan, building upon a rise in academic interest in the experience of war and postwar reconstruction over the past 15 years or so.

The conference is organised by Dr Mark Clapson (University of Westminster) and Professor Peter Larkham (Birmingham City University), in association with the International Planning History Society (IPHS), the Westminster City Archives, and PRoBE (Production of the Built Environment), University of Westminster.

The conference will take at University of Westminster, Portland Hall, 4 - 12, Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7BY.

More information can be found on the events page.

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