The Life and Labour of the People of London: Charles Booth's Poverty Maps

Booth's map of London

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The landmark survey of life in late 19th-century London.

In the late 19th century, Charles Booth’s landmark social and economic survey found that 35% of Londoners were living in abject poverty. Between 1886 and 1903, Booth’s team of social investigators interviewed Londoners from all walks of life, recording their comments, together with their own unrestrained remarks and statistical information, in 450 notebooks. Their findings formed the basis of Booth’s colour-coded social mapping (from vicious and semi-criminal to wealthy) and his Inquiry into the Life and Labour of the People of London

This event marks the publication of Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps in one volume for the first time where they appear together with selected reproductions of pages from the original notebooks, containing anecdotes related by Londoners of every trade, class, creed and nationality, and with observations by Booth’s interviewers that reveal much about their social class and moral views. 

Hosted by writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet, with Mary S Morgan, Professor of the History of Economics in the London School of Economics, Indy Bhullar who oversees Booth’s archive at LSE, and historian Sarah Wise, whose books include The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum.


Name: The Life and Labour of the People of London: Charles Booth's Poverty Maps
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £16.00
Member: £16.00
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Under 18: £8.00
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