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Homes of the Homeless: Seeking Shelter in Victorian London

Tuesday 24 March - Sunday 12 July 2015. Admission £5 / £3 concessions.

A Recess on a London Bridge by Augustus Edwin Mulready (detail), oil on canvas, 1879. Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK / © Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums / Bridgeman Images

A Recess on a London Bridge (detail) by Augustus Edwin Mulready, oil on canvas, 1879. Laing Art Gallery, 
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK / © Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums / Bridgeman Images

We tend to imagine the Victorian home as a family affair, a place of stability and a retreat from the outside world. But for huge numbers of Londoners the reality was very different. Tens of thousands made their homes in lodgings and lodging houses, renting a room or a bed in a building shared with strangers. Countless others could not afford to rent and were forced to turn to the workhouse and to shelters or slept rough in whatever shelter they could find.

This exhibition tells the story of this 'other' London, exploring the places the poor inhabited and bringing them to life through paintings, photographs, and objects, as well as through personal stories and reports.

A programme of special events and talks will run throughout the exhibition.  Read the exhibition press release.


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