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Zangwill’s Spitalfields is an audio-visual walking tour of the historic Spitalfields area of London’s East End.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nineteenth-century London as you uncover Spitalfields’ forgotten past with Victorian novelist Israel Zangwill.
In the 1890s, Spitalfields was dilapidated and overcrowded, scrutinized by journalists and stalked by Jack the Ripper. It was also a vibrant working-class neighbourhood, home to a large population of Jewish immigrants. Zangwill’s Spitalfields will take you on a journey into the heart of the London ghetto through the eyes of an insider — local novelist Israel Zangwill, the Jewish Dickens. Listening to his lively, witty prose, discover the dramas, debates and dilemmas that shaped the lives of Spitalfields’ residents over a century ago. As you explore the neighbourhood you’ll find traces of Victorian lives that still linger in the streets.
Visit a soup kitchen, a school, a residential house, a garment workshop, a synagogue, a market and a tenement block. At each site you’ll hear from Zangwill and other novelists and journalists, as well as rabbis, tailors, political protesters, market traders and schoolchildren. You’ll also hear archive audio from Spitalfields’ past. The locations are brought to life with an array of evocative images including archive photographs, rare documents, advertisements and museum artefacts.
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