In September 2016, a one-day conference took place at St Paul’s Cathedral, 350 years after the Great Fire of London. The aim was to reconsider the impact and legacy of the Fire.

This website is designed as a platform to develop and explore the ideas and research presented on the day.

Like the conference, the website is managed by:

Gabriella Infante – a PhD student at King’s College London. Her thesis, entitled ‘The patriarchal game on Restoration stage: representations of spaces and gender through textuality and performativity’, explores writing and staging techniques applied to create and enhance gendered spaces in the Restoration dramatic canon. She has been reviewing theatre productions for journals, such as Shakespeare Bulletin, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, and BSECS. She is also a teaching assistant in the Department of English at King’s.

Rebecca Rideal – a writer and former television producer, Rebecca is the author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire (John Murray). She is also a PhD candidate at UCL, where her research focuses on the spaces of London during the Restoration. She is editor of The History Vault.


For any enquiries, please contact Gabriella Infante (gabriella.infante@kcl.ac.uk) or Rebecca Rideal (thehistoryvault@gmail.com).

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