Lunchtime Lecture: The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves
2 April 2020, 13:15
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)
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Edwina Cynthia Annette (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma
by Cecil Beaton
Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.
Prize-winning and bestselling historian Andrew Lownie provides a fresh and revealing portrait of the glamorous couple behind the modern royal family, drawing on extensive research not just in their own private papers but also archive collections around the world and interviews with dozens of people who knew them closely.
Andrew Lownie gives an account of an unusual marriage which, whilst beset with infidelities, was also a loving and mutually supportive one. He also reveals new information on many of the controversies of Mountbatten’s career from the disastrous 1942 Dieppe Raid to the rapid transfer of power in India in 1947 as well as his murder in 1979.
Andrew Lownie was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Dunster History Prizeman and President of the Union, before taking his Masters and doctorate at Edinburgh University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and former visiting fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, he has run his own literary agency since 1988. A trustee of the Campaign for Freedom of Information and President of The Biographers Club, he has written for the Times, Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Spectator and Guardian and formerly served in the Royal Naval Reserve. His previous books include acclaimed lives of the writer John Buchan and the spy Guy Burgess.
Following his lecture, Andrew will be signing copies of The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves in the Gallery's Bookshop, Floor 0.
Part of the programme of events complementing Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Monday 10 February 2020.
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