Condoms in the Kitchen

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text

Watch a recording of this talk and live experiment in which author and historian Jessica Borge recreates some of the 1960s consumer tests of condoms. Watch her fill an original 1967 Durex Gossamer condom first with air, then with water, from her kitchen.  

Jessica also takes you through the history of the London Rubber Company, the original maker of Durex condoms. A pre-recorded interview with John Harvey, a former sales manager at the London Rubber Company, is included, telling you more about the Durex Gossamer condom. 

This event was originally livestreamed on Tuesday 8 December.


Booking opens Friday 20 November 2020 11:00

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About your speaker

Jessica Borge

Dr Jessica Borge is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of 20th-century British history, specialising in the intersection of business, society and media. Her book ‘Protective Practices: A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business’ is the first full-length study on the London Rubber Company.