By permission of heaven: the story of the Great Fire of London

When and where

5 September 2016
Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place, London NW1 4LE

Past event

By permission of heaven: the story of the Great Fire of London

Adrian Tinniswood OBE reveals the remarkable story of the 1666 Great Fire of London on the 350th anniversary of London's destruction – to the day.

Monday 5 September 2016, 5.30–8.30pm

Explore our new exhibition 'To fetch out the fire' telling the story of London’s 17th-century physicians as they were divided by war, battled with plague and almost ruined by flames, only later to secure a magnificent new home by Robert Hooke, as London emerged from the ashes.

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Tickets: £10 per person | Public event – open to all

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  • 5.30pm: event opens – registration, refreshments and exhibition browsing
  • 6.30–6.55pm: introduction to the RCP's Great Fire exhibition
  • 6.55–7.35pm: Adrian Tinniswood: By permission of heaven
  • 7.35–7.50pm: Q&A
  • 7.50–8.30pm: exhibition browsing
  • 8.30pm: event closes.


Adrian Tinniswood has written 14 books on architectural and social history, many with a 17th-century theme. They include His invention so fertile, a biography of Sir Christopher Wren; By permission of heaven: the story of the Great Fire of London; and The Verneys: a true story of love, war and madness in 17th-century England, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.  
Adrian is currently a senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham and a founder member of the National Trust’s Collections and Interpretation Advisory Group. In 2013 he was awarded an OBE for services to heritage.