Cartographies of Life & Death: John Snow & Disease Mapping

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London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Until Wed Apr 17 2013

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Detail of map showing deaths from cholera in Broad Street, Golden Square and the surrounding area from 19th August – 30th September 1854 © London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Archive

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This exhibit was exceedingly terrible. From all the publicity it has been getting, I assumed it would be quite large. Instead, it was basically a small entryway with a few cases in it, which admittedly contained interesting material, but not worth a special trek into town just to see it; and a few more maps and rather crappy modern art in an adjoining room. There was confusing signage throughout, as we weren't really sure where to where we supposed to go, and ended up walking up a few flights of stairs unnecessarily as a sign was directing us to the John Snow lecture theatre, which turned out to not be open to the public (and annoyingly, a woman who worked there asked us if we were heading up there as she was walking up the stairs behind us, and then didn't mention that it wasn't actually open until we reached the top). I suppose it's interesting enough if you're already in the area, but I certainly wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it.