Sick City Project

'Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be'

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

‘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

Anatomy of the City 7 – Rackstrow’s Anatomical Museum

In an age of Enlightenment, learning about the human body was one means of acquiring polish, just as young English milordi were sent off on the Grand Tour to learn … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

‘The Power of Surgery’ – the Sick City Project at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

At the Cheltenham Literature Festival this coming Sunday (14 October) I’ll be taking part in a discussion on surgical ethics, chaired by the polymathic Raymond Tallis, and also featuring the … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · Leave a comment