a curious invitation last tuesday society
a curious invitation robert carlyles house last tuesday society national trust london
Andrew Martin on the London Necropolis Railway with the national trust


Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
with Sarah Wise

Thursday 6th July 2017
Doors open at 6:30 pm, Talk commences at 7:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm

Police would not patrol there, even in daylight; no stranger would chance their arm there; it was a nest of street-robbers, prostitutes and loafers. The Old Nichol district in Shoreditch has attracted terrible press over the past 150 years or so. But did it deserve it?

In this illustrated talk, historian Sarah Wise pieces together a much more complex picture of life in the slum. And in the process, the Nichol legend dies a death. Instead what we find is something of an open-air laboratory for exploring ideas about how chronic poverty could be eradicated — a place to which many politically and religiously inspired individuals came to investigate the condition of the poor at the end of the 19th century.

Sarah Wise
A life-long Londoner, Sarah Wise is a lecturer, author and researcher. She teaches undergraduates at the University of California’s London Study Center, and post-graduates at City University, London.

She has a Master's Degree in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. Her debut book, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London (2004), won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her follow-up, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008), was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize for evocation of a location and was a Radio 4 Book of the Year. Her most recent book, Inconvenient People, was shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Prize.

Her television appearances include the BBC's 'The Slum'; Who Do You Think You Are?; History Cold Case; and ITV’s ‘Secrets From The…’ miniseries. She has spoken on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed, All in the Mind, Woman's Hour and the Today programme.

You can find her online at sarahwise.co.uk

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4th May 2017
The Necropolis Railway with Andrew Martin

8th June 2017

Madness and the 19th Century Asylum with Mike Jay

6th July 2017
The Old Nichol Slum with Sarah Wise

Carlyles house
thomas carlyle's house national trust london