THE GEOGRAPHY OF POWER AT DOWNING STREET
by Jack Brown
With perhaps the world’s most iconic front door, 10 Downing Street is the home and office of the British Prime Minister and the heart of British politics. This is the story of the intimately entwined relationship between the house and its post-war residents. What does each occupant’s use and modification of the building reveal about their values and how they sought to govern? No. 10 was designed in the late seventeenth century and intended only as a place of residence. Over the years it has undergone constant adaptation to accommodate the changing role and requirements of the premiership. As No. 10’s first-ever Researcher in Residence, Jack Brown had unprecedented access to people and papers. No. 10: The Geography of Power at Downing Street sheds new light on unexplored corners of Prime Ministers’ lives. Equally fascinating and revealing, this is an intimate account of the building at the core of British political power
Jack Brown is London Partnerships Director and Lecturer in London Studies at King’s College London, and Senior Researcher at the Centre for London.