Monday, 1 December 2014

'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

We are repeating this event on Tuesday 30 June in partnership with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link:  The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 29 January 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

One of London's greatest monsters, Spring-heeled Jack has held the city's imagination in his claws since he first appeared as "a ghost, a bear, and a devil" right up to contemporary comics and internet radio dramas 
featuring the leaping horror of legend.

This talk explores Spring-heeled Jack’s appearances in and relationship to Victorian London. It considers his origins in the capital, and the way the metropolitan press gave life to a strange urban legend that went on to terrorise the rest of the country.

Dr Karl Bell is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth. He has published on a variety of topics linked to magic and the supernatural in nineteenth-century Britain. He is the author of two books, 'The Magical Imagination: Magic and Modernity in Urban England' 1780-1914' (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and 'The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Victorian Urban Folklore and Popular Cultures' (Boydell and Brewer, 2012). The latter won the 2013 Katharine Briggs Award.


Each regular gathering starts with the Fortmanteau, our with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month. 



We are repeating this event on Tuesday 30 June in partnership with Conway Hall. Details and tickets are available from the following link:  The Terror of London: Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press




'The Terror of London': Spring-heeled Jack and the Victorian Metropolitan Press event Facebook page

8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Thursday 29 January 2015
£3 / £2 concessions.
This event has now sold out. Sorry if you did not get a ticket. We will hopefully be booking it again this year. Please watch this space!
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Bus / train / tube: Liverpool Street

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