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11:00 - 12:30 19 October 2013

Private Lives and Public Scandals: Everyday stories of Bloomsbury folk


Russell Square (link Map)
Bloomsbury | London | WC1B | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed

Bloomsbury was transformed during the ‘long’ 19th century from a swampy rubbish-dump to London’s intellectual heartland – a creative environment for pioneers in art, law, education, science and medicine. Yet despite its increasing vibrancy the novelist Wilkie Collins observed that ‘the broad district, stretching northward and eastward from the British Museum, is like the quiet quarter of a country town set in the midst of the roaring activities of the largest city in the world.’

Within Bloomsbury’s streets, squares and rookeries lived generations of ‘ordinary’ people whose lives, often surprisingly interconnected, not only helped shape Bloomsbury but impacted on the wider world. With the help of their descendants, UCL historian Carole Reeves has uncovered some of their astonishing stories, secrets and scandals. Join her for a 90-minute walk to discover the Bloomsbury residents who haven’t made the history books but who led far from ordinary lives.


Lizzy Baddeley
+44 (0)20 3108 1198 | e.baddeley@ucl.ac.uk


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