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      Matrophobia (Fear of Motherhood): Murdering Mothers in 19th Century London in Newington


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      October 17, 2019

      Thursday   7:00 PM

      9 Saint Thomas Street
      Newington, Greater London SE1 6DF

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      Matrophobia (Fear of Motherhood): Murdering Mothers in 19th Century London

      Doors will open at 6:30 PM for a 7:00 PM start. Some women were so petrified of motherhood they committed the ultimate taboo and refused the socially sanctioned sacred bond between mother and child. 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, our Manager of Education and Access, for this fascinating talk which will try to shed some light behind the reasons why these Victorian women's fears made them into murdering mothers.   Tickets: £12.00  *Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. For more information on access and our space, please, visit our website at http://www.oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us.

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