Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures

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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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Name: Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £5.00
Member: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546