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

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

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

‘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

Sick City Talks 7 – Elma Brenner

London is blessed with a remarkable range of libraries and archives, in which you can explore anything from Non-Conformism in the nineteenth century (at Dr Williams’ Library) to UFO sightings … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Sense of an Ending: Modern Death, Natural Death, Good Death

Here’s a paradox. The inhabitants of Western nations in the early twenty-first century have unparalleled access to developments which might, at first glance, appear to make a good modern death … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

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 · 4 Comments