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Talk: The Life and Labour of 19th century London

Friday, 20 March – 7:00pm British Library, Euston Road, London, UK

Book Event £16

Image: Mile End taken from 'Charles Booth's Poverty Maps'. Charles Booth Archive, courtesy of London School of Economics

In the late 19th century, Charles Booth’s landmark social and economic survey found that 35% of Londoners were living in abject poverty. Between 1886 and 1903, Booth’s team of social investigators interviewed Londoners from all walks of life, recording their comments, together with their own unrestrained remarks and statistical information, in 450 notebooks. Their findings formed the basis of Booth’s colour-coded social mapping (from vicious and semi-criminal to wealthy) and his Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People of London.

Join writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, historian Sarah Wise and the authors of Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps, Mary S Morgan, Professor of the History of Economics in the London School of Economics and Indy Bhullar who oversees Booth’s archive at LSE, to learn about the life and labour of 19th-century London.

Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps

Mary S. Morgan, Iain Sinclair