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Patron Saint of Prostitutes Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal

15 March 2015

15 March 2015, Sunday Salon - Patron Saint of Prostitutes, Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal by Helen Mathers @ People's History Museum

Time 14:00 - 15:30

Duration 1 hours 30 minutes

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

A Sunday Salon with the book’s author Helen Mathers and historian of sexuality Jana Funke.Wonder Women Radical Manchester

Josephine Butler (1828-1906) was a Victorian feminist and campaigner against laws, both in Britain and abroad, which abused prostitutes.  She also helped women and girls affected by trafficking and sexual abuse.  She signed the first women’s suffrage petition in 1866 and came to Manchester to visit leaders of the movement, especially Elizabeth Wolstenholme and Lydia Becker, becoming their close associate.

Butler’s work with prostitutes took place initially in Liverpool, where she lived from 1866-1882.  She herself was brought up in Northumberland and her father John Grey was strongly committed to the anti-slavery movement.  Butler’s campaigns mesh with those in Manchester at the time, particularly the women’s suffrage campaign.

The event includes a Q&A with the author and book signing.  Part of Wonder Women Radical Manchester and supported by The Wellcome Trust Sexology Season.

Suitable for adults and young peopleThe Wellcome Trust Sexology Season

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  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
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  • Please note all donations are non refundable