The trade card of John Chasson, a maker of surgical instruments in London in the mid-eighteenth century. Wellcome Library, London
‘Nobody is healthy in London, nobody can be’, says Mr Woodhouse in Jane Austen’s Emma. Sick City Walks – our new web app for smartphones, which goes live today – offers a gut-wrenching, brain-teasing, eye-opening take on the sick city.
Over the past few months I’ve been working with The Galton Lab to create Sick City Walks – a new smartphone app featuring self-guided walks with guest narrators, images from the Wellcome Library’s collection, and (most of all) sackfuls of stories about life and death in London.
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. Point your phone’s browser to www.sickcity.co.uk, and follow the links. Each walk will use approximately 20-30MB of data, if you listen to all the audio.
You can receive updates on the Sick City Walks app, and on my guided walks and events, by following SickCityProject on Twitter. We’ll be adding new walks regularly, and planning tours in other cities – so watch this space.
The Sick City Walks app has been developed with funding from a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship.