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Wellcome Library Insight – Dirty London

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07/09/2011

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This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 8th September – explores how doctors, governments and ordinary citizens in London have struggled against poor hygiene, pollution and dreadful epidemics, developing the themes of the recent Wellcome Collection Dirt exhibition.

Our Insight sessions offer visitors to the Wellcome Library an opportunity to explore the variety of our holdings. Sessions are thematic in style, last around an hour and offer a chance to learn about our collections from a member of Library staff.

This Thursday’s session starts at 6pm. It is being run in response to heavy demand at earlier sessions (the New Statesman picked out Dirty London as that week’s “hot ticket” when we ran it in early August). Online ordering for this session will not be possible: the remaining tickets will be allocated on the day on a first come, first served basis. You can pick up your free ticket for this event from the Information Desk from 4:30pm on the day.

Image: ‘The Sewer Hunter’ from Henry Mayhew, London labour and the London poor (London, 1851).

Chris Hilton

Chris Hilton

Dr Christopher Hilton was until August 2017 a Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library.

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