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Dr Jessica Borge is an interdisciplinary researcher in the field of Contemporary British History, with a specialism in the intersection of business, society and media.

She was raised in Clerkenwell near to where London Rubber had their first shop and offices, and is thrilled to contribute to the ever expanding history of the city in which she lives, and loves.

Recent Media
New! Can a 53-year old Durex hold
five pints of water? Watch Jessica’s live lecture and experiment, Condoms in the Kitchen, part of Wellcome Insights

New! Read Jessica’s fun piece for Londonist here

Interview on Notches here.

You can download Jessica’s free article on the films of the London Rubber Company here.

Jessica’s book on the History of Durex, ‘Protective Practices. A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business’, can be purchased through Bookshop.org and in all good bookshops.


Protective Practices : A History of the London Rubber Company and the Condom Business includes a detailed foreword by renowned historian of sexuality (and former senior archivist at the Wellcome Library), Lesley A. Hall, FRHistS, PhD, DipAA, Wellcome Library Research Fellow, Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London. 

Protective Practices, Hall says, “...is a fine exemplar of the way in which taking some humble – in this instance, not merely humble but despised – material object can lead one into large and unexpected vistas...There is a fascinating contrast between the unscrupulousness of the LRC’s business practices and the testimonials from their staff to their benevolence and the perception that they were excellent and humane employers”.

Lesley Hall is the author of such foundational texts as Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain since 1880. Selected papers from Hall’s extensive writings are available to download here.

IMAGE: Marigold loves - London Image, Autum 1969

”Marigold - the most beautiful Houseglove in the world. Combines simplicity with comfort, elegance and style.”