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Senate House Library invites you to commemorate the Centenary of the death of the celebrated social reformer Charles James Booth.
This lecture will be given by Richard Dennis, Emeritus Professor of Geography at University College London and will outline the context for Charles Booth’s pioneering survey of Life and Labour of the People in London.
Professor Dennis will look at the social and economic character of 1880s London; the activities of political reformers, social explorers and novelists whose approaches and arguments prompted Booth to conduct his own research; and the co-researchers Booth recruited to help him in his work.
Particular focus will concentrate on Booth’s methods of gathering, mapping and analysing social conditions in different parts of London, including Bloomsbury. And will compare these practices of social research with Booth’s own leisure practice of sketching landscapes and street scenes, for example on his extended visit to Italy in 1893, partly in the company of his personal secretary, George Duckworth, who later compiled many of the ‘Police Notebooks’ used to update the poverty maps of London at the end of the 1890s.