Anne McElvoy looks back to the Victorian age with Simon Heffer who argues it laid the foundations for modern society, from the evolution of British democracy, to new attitudes to education, religion and science. Professor of British Government, Anthony King, considers if the blunders of today's parliamentarians has anything on the antics of Gladstone and Disraeli. But the writer DJ Taylor believes it's the era's novels which have left a lasting impression. And the curator Sonia Solicari has created a miscellany of curiosities in her exhibition of contemporary artists influenced and inspired by Victoriana.
Producer: Katy Hickman.
D J Taylor
Sonia Solicari is Principal Curator of Guildhall Art Gallery.
Victoriana: The Art of Revival is at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London until Sunday 8 December.
Anthony King is Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex.
The Blunders of our Governments, co-written with Ivor Crewe, is published by Oneworld Publications.
|Interviewed Guest||Simon Heffer|
|Interviewed Guest||Sonia Solicari|
|Interviewed Guest||DJ Taylor|
|Interviewed Guest||Anthony King|