‘Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be’, wrote Jane Austen in Emma. Join Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow Dr Richard Barnett and friends for a gut-wrenching, brain-teasing, eye-opening take on the sick city.
Featuring narration from Richard and images from the Wellcome Library’s collection, Sick City Walks tells the story of life and death, health and sickness in London. From the healing wells of the Fleet valley to the gin-fuelled excesses of Enlightenment Soho and the roots of the NHS, these walks reveal twenty centuries of London life in all its gory, moving, inspiring intricacy.
To use the Sick City Walks app, all you need is a smartphone or a tablet with web access, a pair of headphones, and a couple of hours free for each walk. Each walk will use approximately 20-30MB of data, if you listen to all the audio at every stop. Click on the links below to find out more about each walk. We’ll be adding new walks regularly, and planning tours in other cities – so watch this space.