Explore the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the hear about the difference made by one extraordinary man
Edinburgh World Heritage presents
INSANITARY CITY: Dr Henry Littlejohn and the condition of Edinburgh
Victorian Edinburgh was a melting pot of industry and people. The industrial revolution created new work, attracting migrants searching for a better life. The reality however was often different, with many families having no choice but to live in the filthy, disease-ridden, overcrowded slums of the Old Town.
In 1865, Dr Henry Littlejohn - Police Surgeon, Crown witness in murder cases and medical advisor to the Scottish Poor Law authorities – published his Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh. His meticulous research produced penetrating insights into the links between poverty, employment and public health in Victorian cities. Described as ‘monumental’ in The Lancet, it had a significance far beyond the city of Edinburgh and Victorian society.
In our latest online event, Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh and co-author of ‘Insanitary City: Henry Littlejohn and the Condition of Edinburgh' published by Carnegie Publishing. Please join us as he explores the terrible slum conditions of Victorian Edinburgh and the extraordinary work of Dr Henry Littlejohn.
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