Street Life in London was an attempt by British photojournalist John Thomson and author Adolphe Smith to record the lives of people living and working in the streets of 19th century London to ‘diffuse the perceived darkness and danger associated’ with the social category (Vanhaelen, 2002:196). Thomson (1837 – 1921) was a British photographer and
How is the history of ‘Harmsworth Quays’, Rotherhithe, London as a printing press represented through the experience of club-goers at its contemporary renewal as the ‘Printworks’ music venue? We are incredibly fortunate to live in a city with as rich a historical and cultural heritage as London; yet too often we visit new places in
“What had always been just products, good or bad, now reveal themselves as so much more than that—as achievements, as expressions, as relationships.” – Michael Pollan, 2013 Background When I arrived in London last fall, my initial impression of English beer was one of disappointment. I come from the hip and trendy, microbrew focused Pacific
Charles Booth (1840 – 1916) was an English businessman and an active participant in local politics in the place of his birth, Liverpool. Booth developed a sense of obligation towards the poor and improvement of social conditions (LSE Booth webpage: see bibliography), and the rapidly spreading problem of poverty in the fast-expanding Victorian cities incited
‘Impression De Nuit (London)’ See what a mass of gems the city wears Upon her broad live bosom! row on row Rubies and emeralds and amethysts glow. See! that huge circle like a necklace, stares With thousands of bold eyes to heaven, and dares The golden stars to dim the lamps below, And in the
Despite the geography of London being defined by the iconic river running through the heart of the city, I believe, the Thames is often overlooked in cultural and historical significance. It once acted as London’s artery or oesophagus: sustenance entered it; sewage left through it; trade was centred on it; and transport passed along it.
Introduction This project is the result of reflections I have made over the course of the last four months, working as a bicycle courier for the restaurant delivery company Deliveroo. The focus is in the broadest sense an interrogation of how technology mediates, and is imbricated in our experience of space. Specifically through my experiences