High Society: Drugs in Victorian Britain
Friday 11, 19.00-21.00 and Saturday 12 February 2011, 10.30-17.30
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.
FRIDAY: MAGIC LANTERN PERFORMANCE,
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,
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
£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.
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