London Metropolitan Archives – Last chance to see a City of London Smallpox Map


Friday 6 June   10am-4pm

London Metropolitan Archives, 40, Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HB

This is will be the last chance to see an original 1870s City of London smallpox map before it is packaged and put back into store. The London Metropolitan Archives, with funding from the Wellcome Trust, has conserved and digitised 5 large smallpox maps that plotted the outbreaks of the disease in London. They date from the 1870s, measure 4X3 metres and give us a wonderful insight into how the disease was spreading in different parts of the City.

We will be holding a public conference on the maps, smallpox and its impact in London. Specialist speakers include:

  • Dr Anne Hardy, the London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine,
  • Gareth Williams, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research in Philosophy, The University of Bristol
  • Staff from London Metropolitan Archives.

You will also see related archive material and one of the smallpox maps. Once the project has finished, the maps will be put back into storage and access will be via the digital copies. Do come along.

£10 (bring a picnic) Booking Essential: