UBC Library is pleased to announce a new addition to its Adam Matthew digital collections: London Low Life.

“This wonderful digital collection brings to life the teeming streets of Victorian London, inviting students and scholars to explore the gin palaces, brothels and East End slums of the 19th century’s greatest city.”

This collection will be of interest to 19th-century scholars researching: working-class culture, street literature, popular music, urban topography, “slumming,” prostitution, the Contagious Diseases Act, the Temperance Movement, social reform, Toynbee Hall, police and criminality.

Material includes:

– Fast literature

– Street ephemera: posters, advertising, playbills, ballads and broadsides

– Penny fiction

– Cartoons

– Chapbooks

– Street Cries

– Swell’s guides to London prostitution, gambling and drinking dens

– Reform literature

– Maps and views of London

London Low Life is just one of the 25 fabulous Adam Matthew digital collections at UBC Library. You can view others here.

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