Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

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 · 1 Comment

Michael Faraday & public science in the London Review of Books

Charles Darwin may have displaced Michael Faraday as the contemporary icon of Victorian science – whether permanently or temporarily remains to be seen (though the metric of Twitter followers suggests … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

John Snow and cholera

As it is usually told, the story of John Snow and cholera begins with one of those great moments that historians used to be so fond of. On the morning … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

Sick City Talks 8 – Matthew Reynolds

There needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us that the world, and the place of medicine within it, is being revolutionised by new and powerful kinds of … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 8 – Turnmills Street and toshers

The Fleet has always been a working river. From Roman times until the early eighteenth century it served as one of London’s major trade routes. Fairly large vessels could venture … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

‘Pocket Horizon’ – poems inspired by science, medicine and history

Over the last month I’ve been working with the poet Kelley Swain and her group – the Nevada Street Poets – on a new project which mixes poetry with science, … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

‘Sensational Bodies’ – two guided walks for the Museum of London

In 2006 archaeologists from the Museum of London made a remarkable discovery in a burial ground at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel – 262 bodies, some complete, others fragmentary, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment