Passions Between Women in Victorian Britain
“Florence Nightingale famously, or notoriously, claimed ‘No woman has excited passions among women more than I have’, while bewailing her experience that ‘Women have no sympathy… they crave for being loved, not for loving. They scream out at you for sympathy all day long, they are incapable of giving any in return’.
Were passions between women in nineteenth century Britain doomed to be thwarted, whether from lack of reciprocity, or because of societal attitudes that stereotyped romantic friendship as appropriate, perhaps, for the adolescent girl, but something that ought to be superseded by marriage?
Dr Lesley Hall, Senior Archivist at the Wellcome Library, will explore the varied stories of women who loved and were loved by other women at this historical period, and these suggest that the reality could be rather different from the depressing picture painted by Nightingale.”
The Museum is a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and attractions along the South Bank. We are located in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital, at parking level.
The nearest underground stations are Westminster (on the District and Circle line) or Waterloo (on the Northern line).
The nearest railway station in London Waterloo.
Bus routes include 12, 53, 76, 77, 148, 159, 211, 341, 363, 381, 543, 507, C10, RV1
Tonight’s interesting talk @ Florence Nightingale Museum.