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The science of Parliament: building the Palace of Westminster, 1834-1860

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This thesis examines science's role in the construction of Britain's new Houses of Parliament between 1834 and 1860. Architecturally the Gothic Palace embodies Victorian notions of the medieval and romanticized perceptions of English history. Yet in the mid-nineteenth century, the building not only reflected, but was involved in, the very latest scientific knowledge. This included chemistry, optics, geology, horology, and architecture as a science itself. Science was chosen, performed, tru...

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University of Oxford

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Faculty of History
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Type of award:
DPhil
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University of Oxford

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