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The Natural Environment of Tudor London

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Gresham lecture by Professor Carolyn Roberts

Tudor London is variously reported as a squalid seething mass of humanity choking on its own filth and fumes, and as a delightful garden where babbling brooks and sweet flowers delighted the senses of people such as Elizabeth I, Shakespeare and Erasmus.

Drawing on evidence from contemporary maps, paintings and writings, and modern environmental science, the lecture offers a ‘virtual’ walk around the City with Sir Thomas Gresham, evaluating these different perspectives on the City’s air, water, soil and wildlife.

Professor Carolyn Roberts was the first Frank Jackson Professor of the Environment at Gresham College from 2014-2018. She is a water and environment consultant, having undertaken innovative work in environmental science, management and technology for over thirty years.

No reservations are required for this free lecture, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.

Further information on the Gresham College website


April 10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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