Historical Room

Projected slides of the building in its current state, archival images,
and historical quotations.
With the voices of Alexandra Doe and Adam Kaasa.

St Philip’s Hospital is required not for the prostitute class or for persons convicted in police courts for soliciting or other offences, but for girls who had followed soldiers from the country or who been infected as a result of an occasional lapse into immorality.

– St Philips Hospital Authorities, circa 1905

HISTORICAL VOICES FROM THE BUILDINGS PAST

ST PHILIPS BUILDING IN SLIDES

At the Strand Workhouse these is a board ofguardians composed of men who are doubtless excellent in their private capacity, but who, as a board, have neglected some of the most ordinary sanitary precautions, who exact a fabulous and impossible task from their miserably underpaid surgeon, and who, with one or two exceptions, have unfortunately placed themselves on the side of resistance to the reforms suggested by medical science, and indeed by common humanity.

– The Lancet investigation, 1865

IMAGES FROM THE HISTORICAL ROOM

To see Clare Market at its best, it is needful to go there on Saturday evening: then the narrow lanes are crowded, then the butchers’ shops are ablaze with gas-lights flaring in the air, and the shouting of the salesman and costermonger is at its loudest. Nowhere in London is a poorer population to be found than that which is contained in the quadrangle formed by the Strand, Catherine Street, Long Acre, and Lincoln’s-inn and the new law courts.

-Charles Dickens Jr., Dickens’s Dictionary of London, 1879

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