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Victorian Poverty Debates in the 1880s: from charity to welfare by Dr Geoff Ginn

October 23, 2021 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

The sensational newspaper treatment of London poverty, crime and violence in the 1880s inspired many responses. While some favoured compulsory emigration for ‘undesirables’ or sterilisation of the ‘unfit’, other more moderate voices proposed schemes that laid a foundation for modern social work and welfare services in Britain and abroad. In this talk, UQ historian Associate Professor Geoff Ginn will explore the vivid and often lurid social debates of the 1880s, and explain their long-term significance in prompting ideas of collective welfare and social inclusion.

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L0000878 Wentworth st, Whitechapel Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Wentworth st, Whitechapel Engraving 1872 By: Gustave DoreLondon: a pilgrimage. Dore, Gustave and Jerrold, Blanchard Published: 1872 Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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