Lodgers and Lodging in Victorian and Edwardian London - public talk for London Metropolitan Archives

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar

Jane Hamlett - Speaker

    The streets of Victorian and Edwardian
    London were crowded with lodgings and
    lodging houses. From well-to-do bachelors
    residing in the smarter parts of town to less
    well-off spinsters and poor families making
    do in London’s shabbier districts, a range
    of lodgings emerged to cater for the many
    classes of weekly and nightly lodger in
    the city. From the mid-nineteenth century
    the common lodging-house was subject
    to increasing statutory control as social
    reformers raised concerns for the moral
    and sanitary conditions of the houses. At
    the same time, ‘model’ common lodging
    houses were established and controlled by
    charitable organisations, and at the end of
    the century by the London County Council.
    The session, run by Dr Jane Hamlett and
    Dr Rebecca Preston of Royal Holloway
    University of London, with contributions
    from LMA Archivists, will introduce the
    subject of lodging-house life, 1840
    --1914 through a variety of historical
    sources from LMA’s rich collections.
    25 Sep 2010

    ID: 4736329