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Servants, shop girls and sex workers: a hidden history with Pamela Cox
6 October @ 3:00 pm
Pamela Cox in conversation with Sarah-Anne Buckley
Many of us are descended from servants, shop workers and those who kept the shops supplied, like seamstresses, milliners and piece workers. Mainly women, they were among the largest groups of Victorian workers – so their history is our shared history. Pamela Cox will share insights from her BBC series, Servants and Shopgirls and present fascinating new findings about the darker connections between these trades and high-end Victorian sex work. This is a world, hidden in plain sight, that only slides into view when we know where to look.
Pamela Cox is a social historian at the University of Essex. She has presented two major history series for BBC Two – ‘Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter’ (2014) and ‘Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs’ (2012).Her previous books include Bad Girls (2012) and Becoming Delinquent (2002).
Sarah-Anne Buckley is lecturer in history in NUI Galway.
No booking required. Seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis. Auditorium doors open twenty minutes prior to event.
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