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High Society: Drugs in Victorian Britain

Friday 11, 19.00-21.00 and Saturday 12 February 2011, 10.30-17.30

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Victorian Britain: a global Empire and a culture awash with drugs. Opium, morphine, cocaine and cannabis are on sale in every high street pharmacy. Join us for this special event, where we will explore these drug-addled and dissolute times and discover the origins of today's drug controls.


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.


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 our 'High Society' exhibition.

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