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UCL in the News: Historian needs your help in search for Bloomsbury connection

12 February 2008

Dr Carole Reeves (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL), 'Ham & High' Do your ancestors have Bloomsbury connections? If so, we'd like your help in creating an archive of nineteenth-century literary, medical and scientific Bloomsbury (1800-1904), a period which saw its metamorphosis from swampy rubbish-dump to centre of intellectual life.

The Leverhulme-funded Bloomsbury Project is a UCL initiative that will trace the foundations of many diverse local institutions including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the British Museum Round Reading Room, the Swedenborg Society and Mudie's Circulating Library. It will also feature many of the individuals who made significant contributions to learning in the area. …

However, we're also keen to receive information about the ordinary professional and working people of Bloomsbury - the writers, journalists, publishers, librarians, hospital employees, doctors, dentists, scientists - who contributed to this increasingly vibrant and unique area of London.

If you'd like to become involved in the project, please contact: c.reeves@ucl.ac.uk