Regeneration: The Story of the Dome

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9780002571302: Regeneration: The Story of the Dome

Adam Nicolson’s book is a fascinating picture of the spirit of Britain in the new millennium coupled with a ‘biography’ of the Dome, and a brilliant analysis of the political background to its creation.

The inside story of Britain’s first grand project for fifty years is a picture of vision and idealism, muddle and uncertainty, and of a journey deeply unfamiliar to the political elite and the people.

In 1992, John Major came up with the idea of a festival, which would be a national celebration on the eve of 2000, a Great Exhibition, and a successor to the 1951 Festival of Britain. By 1995, Michael Heseltine was in charge, the Millennium Commission was up and running and a derelict, contaminated site on the river Thames at Greenwich had been selected. Richard Rogers came up with the idea of a dome.

It was an article of faith in the Britain of the 1990s that funding would be a basically private sector affair, and the story of how that was managed and how the delicate balance was maintained between national pride and the commercial interests of those companies who agreed to sponsor the Dome is a fascinating one.

So is it a great feat of British engineering? A great example of British enterprise? And a new Great Exhibition?

Adam Nicolson uses the focus of the Dome to explore through hundreds of conversations across Britain the usually unasked questions: what are our hopes and fears for ourselves, for the country? Do we still believe in an abundant and technological future?

All this, together with his detailed account of the Dome’s creation, makes Regeneration a rich and detailed picture of Britain at the millennium.

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‘A tour de force of contemporary history, a witty and astute analysis of the political and personal rivalries that dogged the Dome since its inception’ JG Ballard, Daily Telegraph

‘He writes with wit and beauty’ Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

‘Grippingly readable… Nicolson teases out a fascinating picture of this great national confidence-booster drifting rudderless for a large part of its early existence, after which it was a mad dash for the finishing tape.’ Hugh Pearman, Sunday Times

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The inside story of Britain's first grand project for fifty years is a picture of vision and idealism, muddle and uncertainty, and of a journey deeply unfamiliar to the political elite and the people.

In 1992, John Major came up with the idea of a festival, which would be a national celebration on the eve of 2000, a Great Exhibition, and a successor to the 1951 Festival of Britain. By 1995, Michael Heseltine was in charge, the Millennium Commission was up and running and a derelict, contaminated site on the river Thames at Greenwich had been selected. Richard Rogers came up with the idea of a dome.

It was an article of faith in the Britain of the 1990s that funding would be a basically private sector affair, and the story of how that was managed and how the delicate balance was maintained between national pride and the commercial interests of those companies who agreed to sponsor the Dome is a fascinating one.

So is it a great feat of British engineering? A great example of British enterprise? And a new Great Exhibition?

Adam Nicolson uses the focus of the Dome to explore through hundreds of conversations across Britain the usually unasked questions: what are our hopes and fears for ourselves, for the country? Do we still believe in an abundant and technological future?

All this, together with his detailed account of the Dome's creation, makes Fête of the Nation a rich and detailed picture of Britain at the millennium.

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