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Talk: The Life and Labour of the People of London - Charles Booth's Poverty Maps

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.

This event marks the publication of Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps in one volume for the first time where they appear together with selected reproductions of pages from the original notebooks, containing anecdotes related by Londoners of every trade, class, creed and nationality, and with observations by Booth’s interviewers that reveal much about their social class and moral views.