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Little Italy: the story of London's Italian Quarter

Free Lunchtime lecture by Tudor Allen, senior archivist Camden Local Studies and Archives

In the 19th century there grew to be such a concentration of Italians in one part of London that the area became known as "Little Italy". Illustrated with a wealth of historic photographs and archives, this talk tells the fascinating story of the Italian quarter in Holborn from the time of the first Italian settlers up to the last days of the community in the late 20th century. Tudor Allen is the researcher behind the forthcoming Camden Archives exhibition “Little Italy” and the author of the accompanying book of the same name. The exhibition will cover all aspects of the life in “Little Italy” – the occupations, living conditions, leisure pursuits and institutions of Holborn’s Italian people. With its organ grinders, ice cream sellers, colourful processions and dramatic incidents, “Little Italy” is a story full of life and colour.


Tudor Allen | talks


Date and Time:

5 May 2009 at 12:30 pm


30 minutes



Shoe Lane Library
Hill House
1 Little New Street
020 75837178

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Nearest Public Transport: Chancery Lane Tube (Central Line) or Blackfriars or City Thameslink (Ludgate Hill). Buses - Fleet Street or Farringdon Road.

Contact: 020 7583 7178 or shoelane@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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