Welcome to PASSAGE

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Welcome to PASSAGE, a blog about historical writing on walking in London.

This is an interdisciplinary project with an interest in all manner of texts that describe London – its spaces, buildings and people – through the medium of walking. The texts we’ll be considering in these posts range from literary fiction to autobiographical journals, from topographical surveys to records of the administration of justice. We’ll be looking at how writers (anonymous clerks or powerhouses of social literature, and everyone in between) have described the act of walking around London in different periods, and at how different writers have used walking as a mechanism for achieving their aims. In passing, we hope to learn a great deal about the London of their contemporaries.

PASSAGE takes as its approach a detailed investigation of an individual text or type of text, which will be organised into Episodes. Initially a collaboration between the University of London’s Centre for Metropolitan History, Senate House Library and the School of Advanced Study, PASSAGE is open to anyone who wishes to contribute an Episode on a particular theme.

Within many Episodes the project will be providing high quality digitisations of texts and other sources, many of which are difficult to obtain. We are very grateful to Senate House Library for their generous help in providing these resources, and for widening access to their outstanding collections.

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