The Rise and Fall of the City of Lucknow

BIHT Lecture, Monday 10 June, 6:30pm

Valerie Haye, of the British in India Historical Trust, has supplied the following details of a talk being given on Monday, 10 June by historian and Chowkidar editor, Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, on The Rise and Fall of the City of Lucknow.

The 78th Highlanders at the taking of Sucunderabagh
‘The 78th Highlanders at the taking of Sucunderabagh, Siege of Lucknow, 1857’ Orlando Norie, 1832-1901.
(Anne S K Brown Military Collection, Brown Digital Repository, Brown University Library)

The Rise and Fall of the City of Lucknow
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
Monday 10 June, 6.30-8.00pm
University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB

‘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 East India Company annexed Avadh and 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, civilians and schoolboys, its reliefs by Havelock and Outram and its eventual fall to the British in fierce fighting.

The lecture will be preceded by drinks from 5:30pm and followed by an optional two-course meal 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.

Valerie Haye

Lucknow 1857
Lucknow 1857 (Rosie Llewellyn-Jones, 2022)
Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
Dr Rosie Llewellyn-Jones
(Photo: Indus Experiences)

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