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Histories from inside the City’s Victorian Asylum
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    16 May 2018
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    7:00 PM
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Histories from inside the City’s Victorian Asylum
Caroline Bressey uncovers the stories of working class men and women who were admitted to the City of London asylum, exploring the ethnic diversity of the patients and their experiences of life in the city.

This talk will explore stories from one of the spaces in which people lived together in Victorian and Edwardian London – the asylum.  Taking patient records as a starting point, Caroline Bressey considers what these archives can tell us about the lives of working class people in late Victorian and Edwardian London, especially the ethnic diversity of the asylum’s patients and the city beyond its walls.

This event is part of the ‘London Talks’ series which aims to share the stories of the people who have lived and worked in the city, bring to life the distinct characteristics and areas of the capital, and demonstrate the vibrancy and diversity of the many histories of London.

TIME: 19:00-20:00

Caroline Bressey was born and grew up in London. In 1997 she graduated from the University of Cambridge with BA Honours in Geography. In 1998 she joined the UCL Geography department as postgraduate student and was awarded her PhD Forgotten Geographies: Historical Geographies of Black Women in Victorian and Edwardian London in 2003. Between 2003 and 2007 Caroline continued to research the Black Presence in Victorian Britain and the role of the anti-racist community as an ESRC postdoctoral student and research fellow. In 2007 she became a lecturer in human geography and founded the Equiano Centre to support research into the Black Presence in Britain. In 2009 she was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize. Her first book, 'Empire, Race and the politics of Anti-Caste' (Bloomsbury Academic) won the Women's History Network Book Prize 2014. Her interests are focused on historical and cultural geographies of the black presence in Britain (particularly London), Victorian theories of race and anti-racism and the links between contemporary identity and the diverse histories of London.

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