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Heritage Open Days 2019: Josephine Butler, Patron Saint of Prostitutes


Come along to the Cathedral for an exclusive illustrated talk by Helen Mathers.

Josephine Butler (1828-1906) was a British feminist who led a campaign to change laws which allowed prostitutes to be sexually assaulted by the police. She set up women’s groups around the country and lobbied Parliament with such success that the laws were repealed.

Josephine’s Christian faith inspired her feminism, as she believed Christ had treated women as equal to men. The Anglican church has officially recognised her as a saint. In this talk in Sheffield Cathedral, Helen Mathers will explore Josephine’s beliefs and describe her inspiring campaigns. There are several Sheffield connections to the story as well!

Helen is the author of Patron Saint of Prostitutes. Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal (2014). Signed copies will be available at this event.

The talk must be booked. Booking opens on 1 August 2019.

Join us earlier in the day for exclusive tours and free micro exhibitions. The 1554 Coffee Shop will be open all day.