Online only

Thursday 30 September

6.30pm via Zoom

Tickets £3.00 available from Eventbrite 

Lee Jackson talks about his book "Dirty Old London", explaining how the nineteenth century capital struggled to stem a rising tide of filth, from toxic pollution of the Thames to disposing of mountains of 'dust' (household rubbish).

Lee Jackson is a Victorian enthusiast, creator of the popular online resource on the social history of Victorian London,, and currently working on a PhD entitled 'Dickensland'.

His book 'Dirty Old London' (Yale University Press, 2014) was described by The Times as 'a tightly argued, meticulously researched history of sanitation that reads like a novel' and by the Lancet as 'a triumph of popular scholarship'. His latest book 'Palaces of Pleasure: How the Victorians Invented Mass Entertainment' (Yale University Press, 2019) covers topics as diverse as the origins of modern public house, football, music hall, the Victorian seaside, dance halls and pleasure gardens.