Freeman’s Meadow Power Station, Leicester.

Freeman’s Meadow Power Station, Leicester. The site is now occupied by the Leicester City Football Stadium Photograph by {a href="" target="_blank"}Dr Neil Clifton{/a}, reproduced under the Creative Commons {a href="" target="_blank"}Attribution Share-alike license 2.0{/a}.

Electrifying the City: Spaces and Places for Electricity in Twentieth Century Britain

19 November 2011

University of Leicester

1, Salisbury Road

  • Online Registration
  • Programme

    9.30 Registration and Coffee

    10.30 Welcome and Introduction

    10.45 Karen Sayer, The Country and the City: electric boundaries

    11.15 Coffee

    11.45 Electricity in Public and Private

    Ian West, ‘Tamed Lightning’: country houses and the rapid rise of electricity in Britain
    Laura Ludtke, Public and Private Light in Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day
    John Beckerson, Resources for the History of Electricity at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

    1.15 Lunch

    2.15 Technology and Identities

    Stephen Murray, Technology at Bankside Power Station: solutions and impact
    Katherine Platt, Technology and Regional Identity: Siemens in the north of England
    Charlotte Connelly, Domesticating Electrical Equipment: tinkering and the British identity

    3.45 Tea

    4.15 Graeme Gooday, Amplifying Hearing: telecommunications and the rise of assistive electronic technologies

    4.45 Plenary Discussion

    5.15 Reception

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