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A fragile grip on life? Loss, Hope and Victorian Childhoods
21 November, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join historian Sarah Wise, Ragged School Museum Director Erica Davies and academics from Queen Mary University of London for a panel discussion examining responses to Victorian child poverty and early child welfare programmes.
The event will consider how children’s charities – like that run by Ragged School founder Dr Thomas Barnardo – sought to ‘rescue’ children from the slums of Victorian London, tracing some of the outcomes that this resulted in, from migration to the empire to a different life in Britain. As we to come to terms with the failures of more recent child welfare programmes, the panel will reflect on the fragility Victorian children’s lives, including the harm and loss that many faced, alongside the opportunity and hope that philanthropy offered.
The event will finish with a chamber music performance exploring the themes of childhood and loss.
In partnership withRagged School Museum
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