Crystal Palace featured in new history book

The werckage of the Crystal Palace

The werckage of the Crystal Palace

First published in News

The inferno from the Crystal Palace fire in 1936 has been feature in a book looking at some of the most memorable and shocking moments in recent British history.

A Place in History, published by former BBC journalist and Director of National Media Museum Colin Philpott, takes a look at the political, cultural and social events that have shaped Britain.

Largely the history of ordinary places touched by extraordinary events, A Place in History examines what happened, how the enduring legacies of these events have shocked and shaped our country but also looks at the longer-term impact of events on places once the cameras stopped rolling and the news crews moved on to the next story.

Included alongside the 1936 blaze at Crystal Palace, which took 89 engines and more than 400 firemen to extinguish, events the Lockerbie bombing, the site in Orpington where the last civilian death of World War Two was recorded and the birthplace of the Beatles.

A Place in History is launched on October 7.

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