Lucknow enjoyed a short but spectacular rise after the Nawabs of Avadh made it their capital in 1775. Celebrated as a city of palaces, shrines and extraordinary European-inspired architecture, the arts of dance, music, drama, poetry, painting and silverware flourished under its wealthy rulers. This cultural splendour ended when the Indian Mutiny broke out. The city was occupied by rebel sepoys and Lucknow became famed throughout the Empire for the defence of the British Residency by its small garrison of soldiers and civilians, its reliefs by Havelock and Outram and its eventual fall to the British in fierce fighting.

Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones MBE is a renowned historian of colonial India who has lectured widely in Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, France and the USA. Her many books include Lucknow 1857, The Last King in India: Wajid Ali Shah, The Uprising of 1857 and A Fatal Friendship: The Nawabs, the British and the City of Lucknow.

The lecture on the 10th of June 24 will be preceded by drinks from 5:30pm and followed by an optional two-course meal (main course, dessert and coffee) from 8pm to 9:30pm. Tickets for the lecture cost £20 and for the lecture and meal £58.50. Drinks can be purchased from the pay bar before and after the lecture. Dietary requirements accommodated. All welcome.

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Lecture on The Rise and Fall of the City of Lucknow with Rosie Llewellyn-Jones