• UCL Twitter account
  • UCL YouTube channel
  • UCL Facebook page
  • UCL SoundCloud channel
  • UCL iTunes store

Information for Staff


Select dates to view past and future events

19:00 - 22:00 30 April 2015

Nights in the electric city


Omnibus Clapham | 1 Clapham Common (link Map)
Northside | London | SW4 0QW | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Jerry White, historian and author of 'London in the Twentieth Century', 'Zeppelin Nights'.
Roland-Francois Lack, author of the Cine-Tourist website and ssenior lecturer in the French Department at Univerisity College London.
Karolina Kendall-Bush, film historian and PhD candidate in Film Studies in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at UCL.

An evening of screenings and discussion about nightlife in early-twentieth century cities, accompanied by a live pianist and a panel of guests.

Films include:

  • Piccadilly (1929)
  • Coney Island at Night (1904)
  • Les Nuits électriques (1928)
  • The City (1939)

The introduction of gaslight and electric lighting into cities in the nineteenth century led to the expansion of urban night-time activity. This has created new social customs, new forms of leisure, new opportunities for work, and new power inequalities. Writers, artists and social investigators have lingered in urban spaces after hours in efforts to experience, document or regulate city nightlife, presenting the nocturnal city equally as a place of celebration and as a place of risk.

The films shown on this evening reflect the variety of attitudes towards the nocturnal city across different historical and geographical contexts.


Jordan Rowe
+44 (0)20 3108 9402 | urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk


Further infromation