Surviving the London Blitz with Don Brown

Surviving the London Blitz with Don Brown


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“As I write, highly civilized human beings are flying overhead, trying to kill me." wrote George Orwell in 1941. Between September 1940 and May 1941, London was bombed nearly every night, with tens of thousands killed or wounded, and millions of homes were destroyed or damaged. Night after night, the population of the world’s biggest city was forced into shelters, basements and tube stations as the Luftwaffe tried to destroy the city and the morale of its people.

In this Context Conversation, we will look at the history of the Blitz, its effect upon the capital’s buildings and its population, and how defenses and air raid responses were organized. We will also examine the other major raids across the UK and the ‘V’ weapon onslaught that hit London in the last year of the war.

It’s a story of fear, survival, and heroism, but there is so much more to it than the popular image of cheerful cockneys “keeping calm and carrying on”. Led by an expert on London and WW2, Don Brown, this interactive seminar will bring home the struggles and bravery of the people of London. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of this tragic aspect of the Second World War.

Don Brown is a London Blue Badge Guide, the Director of the London Society and a graduate of Oxford University. He previously worked in publishing, for publications as diverse as History Today, The Spectator and The Guardian. His interests and specialisms encompass history - from the Romans to the present day, politics, WW2, and ‘60s and ‘70s popular music, and as director of the London Society he has a professional interest in architecture (contemporary and historical), planning and urbanism.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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K
K.S.
Great talk!

He made the whole experience come alive. Highly recommended.

K
K.C.
Excellent Blitz Coverage in 90 minutes!

Having read about, studied, and questioned survivors in London and elsewhere about the Blitz, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this presentation.
I was simply spell-bound by Don Brown’s ability to cover so much History is so short a time, and his thorough knowledge of the places, maps, meanings and happenings during this period of British history. I didn’t want it to end!
I appreciate very much that much of what Mr. Brown discussed with us was new to me. I wish he had had time to mention the bomb disposal people who so bravely went into street, and even people’s gardens to defuse I exploded bombs.
All together a very informative, yet sad reminder of what the British did suffer during those terrible years.
Thank you!

J
J.G.
Another Great Conversation by Don Brown

I have participated in every Conversation done by Don Brown. All have been fantastic —- organized, knowledgeable, informative, and personably presented. I would highly recommend anything Don does.

C
C.
Fascinating talk

He was knowledgeable, well-prepared with anecdotes, excellent photographs and maps. I felt like I was there with him at times.

s
s.q.

very good. helpful maps.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
92%
(12)
0%
(0)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
K.S.
Great talk!

He made the whole experience come alive. Highly recommended.

K
K.C.
Excellent Blitz Coverage in 90 minutes!

Having read about, studied, and questioned survivors in London and elsewhere about the Blitz, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this presentation.
I was simply spell-bound by Don Brown’s ability to cover so much History is so short a time, and his thorough knowledge of the places, maps, meanings and happenings during this period of British history. I didn’t want it to end!
I appreciate very much that much of what Mr. Brown discussed with us was new to me. I wish he had had time to mention the bomb disposal people who so bravely went into street, and even people’s gardens to defuse I exploded bombs.
All together a very informative, yet sad reminder of what the British did suffer during those terrible years.
Thank you!

J
J.G.
Another Great Conversation by Don Brown

I have participated in every Conversation done by Don Brown. All have been fantastic —- organized, knowledgeable, informative, and personably presented. I would highly recommend anything Don does.

C
C.
Fascinating talk

He was knowledgeable, well-prepared with anecdotes, excellent photographs and maps. I felt like I was there with him at times.

s
s.q.

very good. helpful maps.