The City Of London commemorates it’s own history like nowhere else in Britain. Events, both great and disastrous covering nearly 2000 years are remembered in sometimes simple ceremonies, whilst others are marked with lavish public events.
This years 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London follows hot ( sorry ) on the heels of 800 years of Magna Carta and Shakespeare’s 400th.
Great Fire 350
Great Fire 350 includes exhibitions, talks, concerts, lectures, public art displays and even a fire food market in Guildhall yard.
Although some of the events run for several months, London’s Burning ‘ A Festival of arts and ideas ‘ ran for only six days culminating in a spectacular finale on the river Thames between Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges on 4th September. Thousands of people ( including our family ) turned out on a Sunday evening to witness a 120 metres long wooden model of 17C London catch fire in a dramatic reconstruction of a defining moment in the City’s history.
Here are some links to ongoing Great Fire 350 events taking place in the City of London during 2016 and 2017.
FIRE! FIRE! , Out of the Fire , Plague! Fire! Revolution! , Visscher Redrawn