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The Blackest Streets: The Victorian Slums of Shoreditch

A talk about the people that lived in the Old Nichol - in fact, fiction and myth. Police would not patrol there, even in daylight. No stranger would chance their arm there. It was a nest of cosh-carriers and prostitutes. The Old Nichol in Central East London has had a terrible press over the past 150 years or so. But did it deserve it?  

Based on her book of the same name, historian Sarah Wise has pieced together a much more complex picture of life in the slum. And in the process, the Nichol legend dies.



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Lori Weinstein
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Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
Accessibility notes

The Society of Genealogists offers a wonderful combination of research material, expert guidance and practical support for anyone interested in family history or social history.

We are a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy. We were founded in 1911 and ever since then we've been collecting family history documents - long before local record offices opened.

We are the National Family History Centre and families have always deposited their family history documents and records with us for safe keeping. So, we have documents and items that you might not expect to find.

We are committed to an education and skills programme, delivering a wide range of talks, walks and courses for people new to family history, social and family historians, and genealogists. Our family history Free Access Area in the Lower Library offers free access to most of the pay-per-view genealogy websites.

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Wednesday 29 January, 2 - 3 pm.
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Cost Details
This one-hour talk costs £8.00. For Members of the Society of Genealogists, there is a discounted price of £6.40.
Who is this service for?
We welcome adults, wanting to learn more about family history or build their own family tree. We also welcome social historians and students studying social history.
Can I refer myself?
Record updated: 17/12/2019