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The Roaring Twenties: Art, Design and High Society Joanna Banham Thursday 10 October 2019

Like its name, the Roaring Twenties was a loud and boisterous decade marked by novelty, modernity and huge social, technological and economic change.  Following the dark days of the Great War, it spawned a generation of wealthy and privileged Bright Young Things who were determined to shock and who broke with the conventions of the past to piursue a life of hedonism and promiscuity, fuelled by an endless round of champagne, cocaine, parties and jazz.

This lecture aims to conjure up the energy and originality of the decade and to explore the lives of its leading figures and examples of its most innovative art and design.

Jo Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer.  From 2006-2016 she was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum and before that Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain.  She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors.