- DURATION 60 mins
On the evening of 18th March 1925, a devastating fire ripped through the Marylebone premises of Madame Tussaud’s. By the time the fire was extinguished the following morning, little was left of the world-famous waxworks beyond a few grotesquely distorted models and a pile of scrap iron, which was the remnants of one of Napoléon’s carriages. This illustrated talk is not only about a long-forgotten fire that destroyed the original concept of Madame Tussaud’s, as a Cabinet of Curiosities rather than a waxworks, but also about some of the major discrepancies relating to Madame Tussaud herself, the authenticity of much of her collection, and the fate of items such as the original guillotine that was believed to have cut off the heads of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
- Duration: 60 mins
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Meet the Host, Christopher
After Oxford University, Christopher Joll spent six years as an officer in The Life Guards. Since leaving the Army he has been involved in devising major fund-raising pageants for military charities, published six works of non-fiction, and a fifteen-volume military-historical/action-adventure series. Christopher is also a guest lecturer for Noble Caledonia and the Regimental Historian of the Household Cavalry.
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