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Performing Arts Memorabilia Fair 2014
Saturdays · 12 April · 1 November · 10.30 - 16.00
Specialist dealers will display for sale books and ephemera
including playbills, posters, autographs, programmes, prints and
photographs, ballet, dance, circus, memorabilia, and much more at prices
ranging from a few to several hundred pounds.
- Sadler's Wells Theatre
- Roseberry Avenue
- EC1R 4TN
- United Kingdom
- More information contact: 01424 722647 · 07775 704052
London’s health records open up with the launch
of London’s Pulse
From smallpox to sun lamps, the health of London and Londoners over 125 years is uncovered with London’s Pulse, an ambitious digitisation project from the Wellcome Library.
The online resource contains over 5000 fully searchable reports, from 1848 to 1973, detailing the health of Londoners in intimate detail – borough by borough and often street by street - written by the people responsible for keeping the city healthy over a period of drastic social, economic and technological change.
The site showcases the often overlooked work of Medical Officers of Health (MOH), qualified medical practitioners who became some of the most influential agents of social and medical reform in the city. Their yearly reports amount to a health check of the capital over a century and a quarter, recording vital statistics on births, deaths and illness, infant mortality and infectious disease.
The reports also offer an unparalleled insight into Londoners’ lives. From weather reports to sanitary conditions, the MOHs covered a dizzying array of topics. They contain details of London’s lost trades, such as hair-merchants and pigeon-fatteners, provide reports on the conditions of child-workers in factories and families in slum housing, and trace Londoners’ changing tastes in fast-food from oysters to Chinese takeaways.
They record attendance at maternity and child welfare clinics, the number of pints of milk dispensed, and medical statistics on everything from deaths from diseases such as ague and cholera to the numbers of boils lanced or carbuncles cured. The MOH reports give a comprehensive account of how and where Londoners, rich and poor, were living, working and dying.
London’s Pulse allows users to navigate this vast collection of data, and uncover the stories behind the statistics. Searchable by date and region, Londoners can follow the ups and downs of their own parish, trace local histories and the spread of diseases across the capital. The text of the reports can also searched so they can be data mined and cross referenced, opening up exciting new research possibilities.