Urban living is a relatively recent phenomenon tied to the history of industrial and commercial development. Only since 2007 has the majority of the world’s population lived in towns and cities. The city may promise economic and social opportunities, but it is also a site of longstanding public health concern.
We may be more familiar with historical reports and controls to manage the soot and sanitation, but how does city life affect our inner worlds: cognitions, feelings and memories? How do we relate to the built form, the alluring symbols of consumerism and the parade of strangers?
Geographer Aled Singleton and local resident Mark Batterham will guide you on a walk of the city, pausing to consider the work of key urban theorists who can help us answer these and other questions relating to the city and our mental life.
Walk details – 2 hours around the city centre, covering less than 2 miles. This walk is suitable for wheelchair users, but feel free to get in touch to discuss any access requirements. This walk is dog-free please. There are facilities (toilets, refreshments, public transport) within easy reach at the start and all the way round.
Booking is essential, please, you can book your free place here – Book Mental Health and the City