Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

Sick City Talks episode 2 – Brandy Schillace

As any reader of Dracula or The Castle of Otranto will know, Gothic literature is big on bodies: sick and deformed, dying and undead, vulnerable and threatening. Professor Brandy Schillace … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · 5 Comments

Anatomy of the City 2 – Hyde Park Place, W2

Hyde Park Place is now a shabbily elegant backwater, close to the bustle of the Bayswater Road. In the eighteenth century a large cemetery occupied this land, and in 1768 … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sick City Talks episode 1 – ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’

The Queen’s Gallery summer exhibition, exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical notebooks, looks set to be one of the landmark shows of 2012. Last week I attended a ‘bloggers’ breakfast’ to … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Shakespeare’s Restless World

If you enjoyed BBC Radio 4’s ‘A History of the World in a Hundred Objects’, originally broadcast in 2010 and now enjoying a fruitful second life as a book, you … Continue reading

May 8, 2012 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 1 – Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road

In 1828 William Marsden, a London surgeon, opened the first free general hospital in London. Marsden’s hospital – which became the Royal Free – was free in the sense that … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sick City Walks at the Palace

‘Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist’ opens at the Queen’s Gallery on Friday 4 May – the largest exhibition yet staged on Leonardo’s anatomical and physiological investigations. This is a rare opportunity … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Gilded Vectors of Disease

Look up as you walk along Keppel Street in Bloomsbury, and you can see gilded rats, fleas, and cobras – a backhanded compliment to pests and parasites by the architects … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Coming Soon – Sick City Walks App

Nothing beats a good walk around the gorier aspects of London’s history, and ever since I wrote my first guided walk for Wellcome Collection – ‘Blood, Guts, Brains and Babies’, … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · Leave a comment