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The Secret History of Georgian London

Professor Dan Cruickshank considers the world of prostitution in 18th century London.

Georgian London evokes images of elegant buildings and fine art, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife, houses of ill repute widespread and many tens of thousands of people dependent in some way or other on the wages of sin. The sex industry was in fact a very powerful force indeed and affected almost every aspect of life and culture in the capital.

Discussing his latest book with Dr Michelle Johansen, Dan Cruikshank considers the world of prostitution in 18th century London, the people involved in it and how they shaped and helped determine the future development of the capital.

Professor Dan Cruickshank has written and broadcast about Georgian buildings, conservation, architecture and cities around the world. Dan Cruickshank is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a member of the Executive Committee of the Georgian group.

Dr Michelle Johansen is an historian and researcher specialising in 19th and 20th century London.


Professor Dan Cruickshank | talks


Date and Time:

29 October 2009 at 7:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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