Archaeologist excvated charred layer from Great Fire (c) MOLA

The Great Fire reconsidered conference

Wren Suite, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4M 8AD

Join experts from leading universities, museums and heritage organisations as they consider the Great Fire of London, 350 years on from the devastating event, in this one day conference. With discussion on a range of topics, from archaeological evidence to conspiracy theories, the conference presents the latest academic thinking on the Great Fire.

The event is being organised by Gabriella Infante of King’s College London and Rebecca Rideal from UCL. MOLA's Marit Leenstra is presenting on the archaeology of the Great Fire of London. The full programme details are:

9:00–9:30 Registration and welcome

9:30–10:30 Keynote lecture from Michael Hebbert (UCL), FVMANTIBUS IAM TVM RVINIS – Reconstruction Reconsidered

10:30–11:45 Panel One, ‘London Mourning in Ashes’
Hazel Forsyth (Museum of London), Butcher, Baker, Candlestick maker: Surviving the Great Fire of London
Una McIlvenna (University of Kent), Ballads about the Great Fire of London
Elaine Tierney (V&A), ‘Miserable Huts and Hovels’: Temporary Shelter after the Great Fire of London

11:45–12:30 Lunch

12:30–13:45 Panel Two, Religion and Conspiracy
Jewell Johnson (University of Sydney), The Present Future Past: Prophecies and Conspiratorial Fascinations
Lara Thorpe (Royal Holloway, University of London), A designed buisines’: post-Fire Anti-Catholic Hysteria according to Ejected Puritan Minister John Allin
Alan Marshall (Bath Spa University), The Great Fire, 1666, and the conspiracy mentalitiè in Restoration England.

13:45–14:15 Coffee break

14:45–16:00 Panel Three, ‘A More Beautiful City’
Marit Leenstra (MOLA), The archaeology of the Great Fire of London
Mark Kirby (University of York), The City churches and “The Glory of all Christendom”
Clare Jackson (Trinity Hall, Cambridge), TBC

16:00–16:15 Final remarks

16:15 Wine reception