19th C Open Day at Westminster Archives

In partnership with Strandlines (King’s College London’s interdisciplinary project, bringing together the stories of the Strand’s residents and workers: www.strandlines.net), enjoy a day of behind the scenes tours, talks and demonstrations; view archival treasures relating to the Strand and its history.

Date: 19th March 2011

Time: 11am-4pm

Venue: Westminster Archives, 10 St Ann’s Street: http://www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries/archives/visitor-information/contact/

The day will feature two talks:

At 11:30 Dr Ruth Richardson will be giving a paper entitled ‘Dickens and the Workhouse’. Ruth has been a key activator in recent attempts to prevent the demolition of the Strand Union Workhouse, on Cleveland Street; she has provided evidence to show that this was the workhouse that inspired possibly the most famous workhouse in the world: that in Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.

At 2:00 Professor Rosemary Ashton, will be giving a talk entitled ‘142 Strand in the 1850s’. She will be discussing her recent award winning book on John Chapman’s publishing house on the Strand: a radical address which brought together famous names such as Carlyle, Dickens, Thackeray, Mill, Mazzini, and Emerson.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to archives@westminster.gov.uk or telephone 020 7641 5180.

See also: http://strandlines.org/content/westminster-city-archives-open-day-19th-march


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