Cocaine and cannabis, opium and morphine, all legally available in every high-steet pharmacy. Nineteenth Century London was a drug- addled and dissolute culture.
The Wellcome Collection hosts a special event examining the History of Drugs in Britain.
FRIDAY: MAGIC LANTERN PERFORMANCE, 19.00-21.00
Immerse yourself in the era at an evening of authentic Victorian entertainment. The evening will include a performance of the marvellous Magic Lantern with piano accompaniment, a complimentary drinks reception so you can get to know your fellow guests and a chance to enjoy the ‘High Society’ exhibition away from the crowds.
SATURDAY: TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS, 10.30-17.30
It is the 19th century. The advances of science, combined with unfettered global trade, are making drugs stronger, more available and more dangerous than ever before. Something must be done – but what?
Join experts from the worlds of history, literature and pharmacology to explore the drug-addled Victorian metropolis in a series of fascinating talks. Our speakers include ‘High Society’ curator and writer Mike Jay; Stuart Anderson, Associate Dean at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and historians Louise Foxcroft and Michael Neve.
This event is now sold out.
£30 full price/£20 concession for both days, including drinks on Friday evening and lunch, tea and coffee on Saturday.
£5 early bird discount on top-price tickets – if you book by Friday 21 January.
Please call 020 7611 2222 to book.
To accompany the Wellcome Collection ’High Society‘ exhibition.