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SOLD OUT Women, Sex and Spiritualism

Tuesday 15 January @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

| £9

Women, Sex and Spiritualism

Lecture – Matt Wingett

Sold out.


From its 19th-century beginnings in Hydesville New York, modern Spiritualism was primarily a woman-centred religion. Matt Wingett traces the views of the church and scientists towards Spiritualist women. Religious critics called them witches, and accused them of meddling with demonic forces. The scientific community, which was mostly male, focussed on the  what was happening the the women’s bodies when they were in seances: the investigators pried under the petticoats and tied them up with manacles. Sometimes it went so far as molestation, so what was going on in the name of ‘serious work’?  This talk looks at what the Spiritualism provoked and revealed about Victorian and Edwardian society’s fears about women. Join us for a night of tales of ectoplasm, apports, blown-out candles, hand cuffs, ouija boards, and sexual repressions.

Matt Wingett is a local historian and publisher, author of the recent study of Conan Doyle’s spiritualism Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light.  A compelling speaker, he lectured at Treadwell’s last year and returns by popular demand.

Time: Please arrive 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Drinks soiree follows the lecture.

Price: £9 Book online here


Tuesday 15 January
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Treadwell’s Bookshop
33 Store Street
Bloomsbury London, WC1E 7BS United Kingdom
020 7419 8507


020 7419 8507