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“Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing?": Murdering Mothers in Victorian London

Talk | 1 March, 2018, 7:00 PM

Julie Mathias will give a talk on the controversial subject of murdering mothers in the Victorian Era.

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Infanticide, the act of killing a baby or a very young child, remains an intensely complex and emotive subject. In Victorian London, the number of predominantly poor, unmarried women accused of murdering their babies dramatically increased. In light of this, public opinion varied towards mothers charged with murder.

This talk will discuss Nineteenth Century ‘popular’ (often conflicting) attitudes towards infanticide, by examining the transcripts of court cases tried at London’s Central Criminal Court.

Join Julie Mathias, head of education at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, for this interesting talk. 

Doors will open at 6:30 PM.

*Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. 

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