'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'
‘Nobody is healthy in London, nobody could be’, says Mr Woodhouse in Jane Austen’s Emma. In Sick City Walks, a new smartphone web app, Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Dr Richard Barnett and friends invite you to join them for a gut-wrenching, brain-teasing, eye-opening take on the sick city.
Based on Richard’s widely-praised guided walks for Wellcome Collection, and the selection of six guided walks included in the Medical London box set, each route tells a different story of life and death, health and sickness in London. From the healing wells of the Fleet Valley to the gin-fuelled excesses of Enlightenment Soho and the roots of the NHS, these walks reveal twenty centuries of London life in all its gory, moving, inspiring intricacy.
To use the Sick City Walks app, all you need is a smartphone or a tablet with web access, a pair of headphones, and a couple of hours free for each walk. Sick City Walks is a web app, so you don’t need to download it from an app store – just point your smartphone or tablet’s browser to http://www.sickcity.co.uk, and follow the links. Each walk will use approximately 20-30MB of data, if you listen to all the audio at every stop, and is completely free for anyone to use, any time. The Sick City Walks app has been developed with Joanna Rahim of The Galton Lab and Will Tinsdeall of BCS Lichfield, with graphics from Badaude.
You can receive updates on the Sick City Walks app, and on Richard’s guided walks and events, by following SickCityProject on Twitter. If you’d like to enquire about a guided walk (recommended for groups no larger than 40, and ages 16 and over), drop us a line at sickcityproject [at] gmail [dot] com.
The Sick City Walks app has been developed with funding from a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.