Rum, hospitals and insurance: London’s hidden slavery souvenirs

By james read, guest blog author on 11 Sep 2015
Pair of domestic sugar loaf cutters

Pair of domestic sugar loaf cutters used to break up sugar at home

The 1700s were a shameful time in London’s history. Although slavery was something that happened far away, on American cotton farms and West Indian sugar plantations, England had many critical, if slightly murkier, parts to play. From MPs owning Caribbean plantations to a newly-discovered British appetite for sugar, England was implicit in human slavery. This uncomfortable past touched much of British life, and was hidden in a great many everyday objects and institutions.

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Victorian miracle cures and industrial age marvels: Tallis map advertisements

By jason webber on 14 Mar 2014
Steam powered coffee roaster - an advert from Tallis' Victorian Street Views.

Steam powered coffee roaster – an advert from Tallis’ Victorian Street Views.

With advertising running parallel with consumer society, it isn’t surprising that the advertising boom coincided with the Victorian industrial revolution. With newspapers and other printed materials the main source of information for Londoners, column ads were ubiquitous. Like any modern publication looking to turn a profit, publisher John Tallis looked to local businesses for advertising revenue. Read the full postRead the full post