The Night Soil Man's Tour - Family Edition
Tuesday 11th April 2023 at:
£10 per person*
For more information please email events@dickensmuse
The tour will begin promptly, so please make sure you are on site on time. We cannot guarantee that latecomers will be able to join the tour.
The London of Charles Dickens was a filthy place. Clouds of nasty-tasting smoke wafted down from the chimneys, meat bones and gristle were thrown into the Thames, and open sewers and cesspits overflowed with poo, before being emptied by the Night Soil Men, armed with their trusty spades.
Join the Doughty Street Night Soil Man for a tour with a twist, as you uncover the ‘great and dirty city’ which was Victorian London. While exploring the historic London home of Charles Dickens, you’ll uncover the filthy secrets of the Victorian home. Find out what could stick to your clothes if you took a stroll down the street. Discover the terrible problems which were caused by the flushing toilet. Uncover the ways the Victorians battled against the London fogs to clean their laundry. This wonderful new tour is horrifying and hilarious in equal measure, bringing you all the history your school teachers are too polite to tell you, such as how the Victorians went to the loo, how your living room fires could kill you, and what nasty ailments could be caused by the stinking London air?
This is a wonderfully weird family tour, designed for kids and grown-ups who love to hear about the yucky side of history. Best of all, this tour includes the use of 'scent blocks' so you will be able to smell the history you are hearing about. Prepare to discover the real Dickensian London.
Not visiting with kids? We also run an evening version of the Night Soil Men Tour, you can find out more here.
11th April 2023 - Family Guided Tour