HISTORY IN THE PUB: The London Street Poor
Thursday, 14 November 2013 from 18:30 to 21:30 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
An evening of talks, fun, quiz, prizes and serious history.
Professor Tim Hitchcock on The Othello of Fleet Street.
Charles McGee was a one-eye'd Jamaican crossing sweeper, who stood for forty years from around 1807 below the obelisk at the top of Ludgate Hill, broom in hand. He was a fixture of London street life, depicted in a dozen topographical prints and political satires. He was also the subject of a reworked version of Shakespeare's Othello.
Simon Fowler, formerly of The National Archives, on Surviving in Trafalgar Square c1887 - 1947.
We’ll be looking at why the homeless were there in the first place, why the police took a remarkably relaxed attitude to their presence, the attempts to help them, and why the benches near the National Gallery are the most desirable for a good night’s kip. And what does their story tell us about London and the relations between the classes a century ago?
David Thomas, from the National Archives, on The Baker Street Confectioner and the Orpington Treasure.
This is a tale of confectionery, confidence trickery, deceit and buried treasure. At the end, the audience will receive a precise map showing the location of the treasure.
++PLUS PLUS++ The usual speed quiz and draws etc. for excellent prizes.
MC and quizmaster: Matt Brown from Londonist
LH Members: Free Non-members, guests: £5.
Maximum 45 places.
Doors open 18:30, those who wish to hang out till closing are encouraged to do so!
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