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.

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 our 'High Society' exhibition.

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