This is an online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.
Established in 1691, the Society for the Reformation of Manners aimed to suppress all immoral behaviour in London – from profane plays and prostitution to salacious art and sodomy.
Its results were a raft of highly publicised prosecutions and raids on brothels, molly houses and contemporary literature. An unexpected consequence was a veritable goldmine of archival material into previously under-acknowledged London subcultures.
In this talk, Victoria & Albert Museum LGBTQ tour coordinator Dan Vo, award-winning playwright Mark Ravenhill (Mother Clap’s Molly House) and bestselling author and historian Professor Kate Williams lift the lid on the secret worlds of 18th-century London – from Molly Houses and bawdy houses, to writers and madams.
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