History of London (4)
Meeting fourth WEDNESDAY 2p.m – 4p.m
Venue: Purley United Reform Church.
Outing third WEDNESDAY 10a.m - mid-afternoon
Contact: Jean Cody
We are an active group which welcomes new members. There are currently vacancies if you would like to join us. Our 2019 activities (so far) are described on a linked page and there are also linked documents covering our meetings and visits during 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 which show the things we have done together as a group.
The next meeting will be February 26th when there will be a talk by about Women in World War 1. Our meeting will be at Purley URC at 2pm.
The February outing is to 2 Temple Place. Please meet at 10 am at East Croydon station on 19th February to travel via Victoria and the District line to Temple tube. In the afternoon there will also be a chance to visit the Guildhall Library where there is currently a display about the Cato Street Conspiracy treason trial of 1820.
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Two very interesting websites which you can explore for free are Dickens Journals Online and 19 Magazine.
Dickens Journals Online is provided by the University of Buckingham and has full transcriptions of the Journals which Dickens edited. It also has Text-to-Speech as an option allowing you to listen to the articles and serialized stories which include A Tale of Two Cities.
19 Magazine is a Journal of studies about "the long 19th Century" (1889 - 1914) published online by Birkbeck College, University of London. The link to the Archive Page leads to all issues.
There are also links to a self-guided walk of places associated with the Great Fire of London in 1666 and to a new self-guided walk of places linked to William Shakespeare.
The Guildhall Library runs a series of interesting talks, those in the afternoon are free. In the evenings there is a charge but this includes a glass of wine. The link goes to the latest listing of upcoming talks; all talks are ticketed on Eventbrite, to apply for tickets click the talk title and complete the application form. Guildhall Library also has an online blog about items in their collection and tying in to the Library exhibitions - a link is also given.
Following up the Science Museum visit, you may also enjoy a BBC series of short radio programmes linked to the Museum's Information Age gallery, called Hidden Histories of the Information Age. The programme page link leads to these programmes on the iPlayer or for download as podcasts.
There is also a podcast by Lisa Jardine in the Point of View series about the balance spring watch - click the Keeping time link.
John and some others caught the BBC programme In Our Time on Radio 4 about Robert Hooke. If you haven't heard it there is a podcast available. You may also be interested in the Shakespeare's Restless World podcasts from the BBC.
There is a full story of the identification of how cholera spread in London in the 1840s and 50s and how the water supply was improved from the work of the Seething Wells Community Brain group (link titled Cholera and Water).