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London has a varied and lavish history of temporary architecture dedicated to celebration.
From the fireworks to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II to the English throne, to the illuminations to celebrate King George III's apparent recovery from madness, to the temporary 'peace pavilions' in London's parks during the Napoleonic Wars.
Inspired by the RIBA's new exhibition 'After the Party', this talk, presented by Lucy Inglis of the Georgian Society, is structured around the inspiration and industries that enabled such events: the pyrotechnical experts, the makers of 60ft Britannias, lantern 'blowers' and specialist building firms.
This temporary architecture is a unique window through which to view not only the determination of Georgian Londoners to celebrate what they saw as great events, but also to glimpse the artistry and sophistication of the designers, creators and patrons who made it happen.