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Virtual History Talk on London's Cholera epidemic in Victorian times

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An online tour of how London overcame an epidemic over 150 years ago guided by science.

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Details of this virtual tour:

45 minutes via Zoom (you'll be emailed details 24 hours ahead of the tour)

£7 per person (NHS staff, careworkers and pensioners £3.50)


The story starts 2,000 years ago with a look at how we started from a basic hygiene principle and when we got that wrong, things started to go pear shaped.

This virtual tour starts with a humorous look at waste from the first toilets in London (Roman of course) and why we got the term loo.

We'll look the evolution of the public loos on London Bridge, the human caped bucket loos for those too shy to pee in public and the flushing loos of the Victorians. Learn about people who made money from the waste of Londoners, the marvelous toshers, grubbers and night-soil men, the creation of the flushing toilet and why it's called a John in the USA (we think)

Finally the important bit:

How a lack of understanding of not ridding of our waste correctly led to awful cholera outbreaks, the 'Great Stink, and how a man of science collaborated with a man of religion to solve it.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who's the tour guide?

Your tour guide is Loona Hazarika, ex British Museum, who has guided hundreds of people around his birthplace London and has advised and appeared as a London expert on Sky Atlantic's TV series 'Urban Secrets' and BBC TV’s 'Hairy Builder'. He set up the audio guide system at the Genocide Museum in Rwanda and holds an MA  degree from the University of Cambridge.

How do I do a virtual tour?

It's quite easy. You will need to download the Zoom app (We'll email you with the link and password details in advance of the virtual tour).

Allow yourself 10 minutes to log on and be ready before the tour starts.

Mute the microphone throughout the session but if you want to ask a question, simply 'unmute'.

There is also a 'chat' feature in the zoom app which enables you to write your questions and I will check this at the end of every stop.

You don't have to switch on your video or microphone, it's entirely up to you

Do you have other virtual walks?

Yes we do. For details just visit our website Let’s Discover London

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