Posts by Katy-L-J

‘Beyond the Metropolis’

Beyond the metropolis: the changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880 Manchester University Press (2016). Dark satanic mills, cobbled streets, and cholera have become common shorthand for the nineteenth-century British town. Over the past century, historical reality has merged seamlessly with mythology, literature and caricature to create a dramatic, but utterly misleading representation of the urban past. Drawing on pictorial and ephemeral sources that shaped the popular image of British towns between 1780 and 1880, Beyond the Metropolis revises our understanding of urbanization, its representation and interpretation throughout the long nineteenth century. In contrast to myriad publications that address London exclusively, this book examines
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BBC Radio 4: The Matter of the North

The Art-Treasures Exhibition, 1857 Melvyn Bragg celebrates the achievements of Manchester, the original northern powerhouse. Its emblem is the bee, a symbol of work, cooperation and industry. It was from here that huge scientific, social and commercial changes would sweep the globe. Melvyn talks to Dr. Katy Layton-Jones about one of the country’s biggest and now largely forgotten art exhibitions which was held in Manchester – The Art Treasures exhibition of 1857. Visit programme website  
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BBC Radio 4: Making History

Tom Holland is joined by Professor Richard Drayton from Kings’ College London and Dr Sean Lang from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, to discuss a new project celebrating the 90th anniversary of the British Empire Exhibition of 1924. Dr Katy Layton-Jones has been working with local archivists and she opens the book on this forgotten event which attracted millions. But what is its historical significance? Was it a celebration of the British Empire or more of a marketing opportunity in the face of domestic opposition? Listen to the programme            
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‘The Parks Conundrum’

‘The Parks Conundrum’, Context, 133: March, 2014. It seems that since they first opened, our public parks have been under threat. This article in Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, addresses the changing way in which value has been attributed to public parks and highlights some of the greatest challenges facing their protection and enrichment. Journal website    
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