Writing about walking in London, 1500-1900

Senate House Library | London | 27 October 2015


The first half of the symposium focused on papers from invited speaks who discussed very different approaches to historical writing about walking in London. Speakers included Nick Barratt (SHL) who talked about walking as recorded in official records, focusing on Medieval London; Sarah Dustagheer (Kent) who talked about Shakespeare, walking and London; Richard Dennis (UCL) who talked about George Gissing, Charles Booth and 19th century walking in London; and Alice Ford-Smith (Bernard Quaritch Ltd Antique Booksellers) on organising and conducting walks through London’s library history.

The second half of the day included a round-table discussion of the themes that arise from the papers, and there was an opportunity to view interesting and rare examples of London walking literature from the Senate House Library collections. Dr Karen Attar additionally talked about the Bromhead Library, a collection from which many of works on walking come, as well as items from other collections that will be providing evidence throughout the Passage project.


Richard Dennis: Walking to Work: George Gissing and Charles Booth on the streets of London

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