- DURATION 60 mins
Join us for an intriguing exploration into the world of Victorian saunas. While the people of Finland, ancient Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, and Native Americans have long embraced the art of sweating, the English were late to join this steamy affair. However, thanks to the eccentric Scottish diplomat and politician, David Urquhart, the Turkish Bath gained immense popularity in the mid-nineteenth century, leading to the establishment of around 600 Turkish baths across Britain by the end of the century.
In this captivating event, British author and social historian, Melanie King, will delve into the lesser-known stories surrounding the peculiar history of the Victorian fascination with hot air. Discover how saunas became an integral part of spas, gyms, and even private homes, while also witnessing the emergence of unique "pop-up saunas." Prepare to be enthralled as Melanie unveils the untold tales behind the Victorian's unwavering passion for sweating it out in style.
- Duration: 60 mins
- Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Meet the Host, Melanie
Melanie King has published eight books of historical non-fiction, covering subjects from prophecy and espionage to the history of chocolate. Her latest book, The Secret History of English Spas, was released September 2021.
Melanie graduated from Sussex University and has worked in Bangkok as a staff writer for the Nation, in Brussels with eurocrats, in the publications department at Chatham House, and in London with refugees and victims of torture. She earns a living as a writer and speaker, exploring the oddities of little-known byways of history.
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