Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

Anatomy of the City 14 – The Royal Naval Hospital and the Dreadnought Hospital

Christopher Wren’s Royal Naval Hospital is the centrepiece of maritime Greenwich, but – like many of London’s grand historic buildings – it finds its roots in royal one-upmanship. When Charles … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 13 – Anarchists & spies in Greenwich

‘A screaming comes across the sky’ – the first line of Thomas Pynchon’s celebrated novel Gravity’s Rainbow. Pynchon’s story begins at the foot of Observatory Hill in Greenwich at the … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Anatomy of the City 12 – Deptford Creek

These days it may not be much to look at, but this stretch of riverside is one of the most important places in English history. The ancient village of Deptford … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 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 · 1 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