Time Pieces History: S1, E9: Mad Hatters

Were hatters really mad? The fate of hatters both fictional and real, and other dangerous occupations. We look at matchstick making, mining, chimney sweeps, mudlarking and toshing in the London sewers.


What You’ll Hear

  • 0:38: Lewis Carroll’s mad hatter
  • 1:37: Erethism – the truth behind the mad hatter story
  • 3:10: Hazardous jobs for children
  • 4:00: The dangers of being a mudlark
  • 4:29: The toshers working in London’s sewers


Prefer to read? Click here for the transcript – no email required! This episode was inspired by a blog about the milliner’s dummy, which explored the story behind mad hatters.

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