In New York – A Picture Post

Lower East Side

Happily, I am in New York for three and a half days! Yesterday I went to the Tenement Museum on Orchard Street, in the Lower East Side. The museum centres around a mid 19-c tenement building that once contained 22 apartments. Each typically had three rooms; a tiny bedroom, even […]

Essie Fox – The Virtual Victorian

Essie Fox

Essie Fox’s The Somnambulist is an atmospheric and richly-imagined Gothic novel set in London in the late 1800s. The story revolves around the lives of three women – 17-year-old Phoebe Turner, her salvationist mother Maud Turner and her adored Aunt Cissy, a singer. When, following a visit to Wilton’s Music […]

Before I pronounce her mad…

    We take medical records for granted now but in the 18th century they were the exception rather than the rule. John Monro, then Bethlem physician superintendent, began in his journal of 1766 to record details of some of his private patients – including the case of Flora, a slave […]