Tours from Home: In Sickness and in Health, a History of Plagues

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Why take this online tour?

Spend an hour during this live online tour with an expert guide from London, a hotbed for various plague epidemics throughout history, whose particular interest in disease pandemics will illuminate the great things that can come from tragedy and loss. Dive deep into the various contagions that have brought the world to its knees chronicling the various remedies, curious superstitions, and the resurrection and hope that can (and will) result.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Engage with a leading expert guide who will share the fascinating yet often grim history of plague and disease
  • Created with Sketch.Unpack the grave numbers of deaths, and what they reveal about modern medicine and science.
  • Created with Sketch.Listen as your guide reveals curious facts and figures, the people’s response, and the trial and error of medical practices at the time.
  • Created with Sketch.Join in conversation with others from around the world and ask the experts all your burning questions.
  • Created with Sketch.Connect to this live experience from the comfort of your own home.
  • Created with Sketch.Receive a $25 voucher for any Walks tour, valid for 2 years.

A tumultuous tale of tragedy, loss and resilience

The Black Death. Bubonic Plague. Pandemic. Epidemic. Pestilence. The world has had a long, tumultuous history with disease. Using London as a prototype - crowded habitats, the chock-full tenements, the lack of hygienic sanitation, tainted water sources, and the River Thames - once a dumping ground for all manners of filth and waste, this live online tour lays context to the history of disease across the world.

On this engrossing online tour from Walks, travel through history with our local London Blue Badge guide from their home to yours. While the key topic will be plague epidemic, this tour concentrates on the innovative, moving results of tragedy and loss on a society and its people.

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The Black Death. Bubonic Plague. Pandemic. Epidemic. Pestilence. The world has had a long, tumultuous history with disease. Using London as a prototype - crowded habitats, the chock-full tenements, the lack of hygienic sanitation, tainted water sources, and the River Thames - once a dumping ground for all manners of filth and waste, this live online tour lays context to the history of disease across the world.

On this engrossing online tour from Walks, travel through history with our local London Blue Badge guide from their home to yours. While the key topic will be plague epidemic, this tour concentrates on the innovative, moving results of tragedy and loss on a society and its people.

It's sixteen-hundred and sixty four in the year of our Lord, and a thick black smoke rises from hundreds of factory chimneys on the skyline. The day is breaking and no sun can be found between the haze and smoke. As Londoners begin to fill the streets, the rats scatter from here to there and into the shadows. The smells are overwhelming - they sting the nostrils and pale the skin. This is the life in London town where industrialization and coal reigned supreme. Little did anyone know the virus that took a majority of the population was hidden in plain sight.

Over the course of this online live tour, your guide will reveal the role various items had in the epidemic - vinegar, tobacco, fire, and the government acts that followed to improve lives. Learn why gondolas are black, and why feline fear resulted in the death of thousands. Hear the results including the regeneration of city-funded building projects, the founding of various societies to study medical pathology, and a renaissance in the arts and sciences. You will even breakdown the various professions ordinary people took on - Plague Doctors, Searchers of the Dead, Aide Workers, among others.

Join this online live tour to explore the outcome of great tragedy, the resilience of humanity, the cures and methods of care, and the positive advancements that result from such great human determination.

By booking this online tour, you receive a $25 gift voucher which you can use to book any Walks tour in one of our global destinations (valid for 2 years).

Expressing gratitude to your guide through gratuities has never been easier - now featuring an online tipping portal!

All times specified are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Nigel is incredibly knowledgeable and has a delivery style that captured me from the beginning of his excellent and fun presentation! More Nigel please!

This was a fascinating talk from an engaging guide. He was informative and entertaining - an excellent way to spend Saturday evening. I would definitely listen to another of Nigel’s talks.

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