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London Rivers Week 2022 author talk: Nick Higham – Mercenary River – SOLD OUT

July 11 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

No city can survive without water, and lots of it. Today we take the stuff for granted: turn a tap and it gushes out. But it wasn’t always so. For centuries London, one of the largest and richest cities in the world, struggled to supply its citizens with reliable, clean water. ‘The Mercenary River: Private Greed, Public Good: A History of London’s Water’ tells the story of that struggle from the middle ages to the present day.

As part of London Rivers Week 2022, author Nick Higham will be giving a talk about this topic based on his new book at the London Aquarium.

The Mercenary River tells a tale of remarkable technological, scientific and organisational breakthroughs; but also a story of greed and complacency, high finance and low politics.

Among the breakthroughs was the picturesque New River (pictured left), neither new nor a river but a state of the art aqueduct completed in 1613 and still part of London’s water supply: the company that built it was one of the very first modern business corporations, and also one of the most profitable.

Learn more from Higham about this fascinating story.

Date: Monday 11th July

Time: 14.30pm

Location: Arrive at the admissions desk at Sea Life London Aquarium Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB

Entry is free but tickets are limited. Book now by clicking link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-rivers-week-2022-author-talk-nick-higham-mercenary-river-tickets-363463297507

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July 11
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2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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SEA LIFE Centre London Aquarium
Westminster Bridge Road
London, SE1 7PB United Kingdom
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