Episode 8 of 10: Richard Barnett – Part Two.
This week, in part two of Tunnel Vision’s exploration of London as disease, we join Cambridge historian Richard Barnett, where we left him last week, knee deep in the silt which lines the bottom of the tunnels.
After a historical analysis of a piece of pottery found in the filth, Richard continues his journey from choleraâs devastating beginnings to Bazzalgette’s creation of the cities sanitation system.
Tunnel Vision is a ten part series which sees Bruno Rinvolucri dupe a collection of writers, musicians, activists and academics into wading knee deep through the swollen rivers of sewage and miles of forgotten sewers that stretch beneath London’s surface. Safely esconced in the London’s effluvia, Tunnel Vision’s troglodytes explore this hidden and somewhat mysterious subterranenan environment sonically and historically. Leading us on a narrative of fact, fiction, anthropology, architecture, activism, music and sound.
This episode was originally broadcast on Tuesday 6th October 2009.