A Museum Story

It was Sunday morning. For the first day in a while, the sun was shining in London. As I came around the corner from London Bridge Station I looked up at the scaffolding that by[…]

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The Natural Ordure of Things

“Why, what I may think after dinner is one thing, and what I may think before dinner is another.”  (Mr Jopling, ‘Bleak House’). It’s a fair assumption that not many of us contemplate the complex[…]

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There Together Be Suspended

On November 13th 1849, the felonious couple Frederick and Maria Manning were publicly executed at the Horsemonger Lane Gaol, Southwark, for the murder of Patrick O’Connor – an affair that became known as the “Bermondsey[…]

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‘Pain has an element of blank’

We assume that our ancestors felt pain in much the same way as we do today. But perhaps this ‘common-sense’ assumption is incorrect. The way individuals relate to the world, including their own bodies, is[…]

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An Englishman’s Paradise

In 1862, while the new buildings of St Thomas’ were under construction near Westminster Bridge, the hospital temporarily moved to Surrey Gardens. Now a populous area between the Kennington and Walworth Roads, the Gardens were[…]