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UCL Bloomsbury Campus
Thursday 15 March 2012
Our first major public event of the year will be a panel discussion, with audience participation, on Dickens’s London on the evening of Thursday 15th March form 6.00pm. This is open to all UCL staff and students and to members of the public. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the North Cloisters. An Exhibition on UCL and Dickens’s London will run through the day in the South Cloisters.
Date: Thursday 15 March from 2.00pm to 8.30pm.
Panel discussion: 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Cruciform Building Lecture Theatre 1, University College London, Gower Street.
Reception: 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Wilkins Building, South Cloisters.
Dickens’s London Exhibition: 2.00pm to 8.30pm, Wilkins Building, North Cloisters.
The broadcaster and UCL Fellow Mark Lawson will chair a panel discussion and question and answer session with Rosemary Ashton, OBE, UCL Quain Professor of English, popular London historian Jerry White and Julian Hunt, FRS, author of London’s Environment. The approaching Dickens bicentennial we believe provides an opportunity for an examination of Dickens’s London, the improvements in the urban environment and public health since his time and the resonances for global megacities. UCL has a proud history in this area with its benefactor Edwin Chadwick's promotion of public health and with John Snow’s production of the famous map of the cholera outbreak of Broad Street: while on the other hand UCL is a Centre of excellence for scholarship in Victorian literature. Looking at megacities through the prism of Dickens’s writing we believe will offer new insights both into the development of London and of today’s global megacities.