Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

‘The Sick Rose’

As readers of this blog will surely know, the Wellcome Library and Wellcome Images hold one of the world’s great archives of historical medical and scientific images. Over the next … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Sick City Talks 9 – ‘Pocket Horizon’

Pocket Horizon is an anthology of new poems inspired by objects in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in Cambridge and Wellcome Collection in London. Our first workshop took place at the Whipple Museum … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Morbid Anatomy Library scholar in residence

I’m delighted to say that Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy has invited me to be scholar in residence at the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn for April 2014. Having been … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘This Parliament of Monsters’: London’s spectacular fairs

This is the text of a talk I gave on 7 September at ‘Reclaiming Spectacle’ – the two-day finale of the 2013 Congress for Curious People. There’s a short bibliography … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

The History Social – 5 Sept 2013

The Ministry of Curiosity and the Sick City Project invite you to the next History Social – a regular chance to meet, make new friends and contacts, and talk about … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 11 – The London Lock Hospital

In the mid-nineteenth century  the corner of Dean Street and Bateman Street in Soho was home to the largest venereal disease hospital in the city – the London Lock Hospital. … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Sick City Project at the City Lit

In the spring of 2014 I’ll be teaching two courses on the history of science & medicine at the City Lit – London’s leading college of adult education. Both are … Continue reading

July 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

The History Social – 27 June 2013

Are you a student of London’s history? An academic? A professional working in museums or engagement? A walking guide, a writer, an artist? Or just plain passionate about London? Wherever … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 10 – Casanova in Soho

Despite appearances, sex in Soho has not always been a matter of mere commerce, and its streets have played host to some of the most notorious lovers in history. In … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Anatomy of the City 9 – Samuel Pepys’ stone feast

Samuel Pepys – diarist, civil servant, and Restoration man-about-town – was born in 1632 in a house on Salisbury Court, near St Bride’s Church. But it was also there that … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment
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