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A Most Unlikely Victorian Celebrity: Georgina Weldon

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6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room

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A (free) talk by Emily Midorikawa

Georgina Weldon portrait

Portrait of Georgina Weldon: Elliott & Fry, via Wikimedia Commons

Come and discover the extraordinary story of former Bloomsbury resident Georgina Weldon, who was catapulted into the popular consciousness in 1878. Although long admired in society circles thanks to her talent as a singer, Weldon had been regarded locally as something of an unstable eccentric, not least because of her belief that she could contact the dead. After a failed attempt by her husband to have her committed to an asylum, she was rewarded with an outpouring of public sympathy and her years of subsequent crusading against Britain's archaic lunacy laws, turned her into a most unlikely Victorian celebrity.

Emily Midorikawa is the author of Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice, and the coauthor of A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. She is a lecturer at New York University London. Her writing has appeared in the Paris ReviewThe Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere. She is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize.

Timing: The talk 6pm-7.00pm will include a Q & A session. Attendees are invited to join a short Introduction to the Library at 5.30pm.

Please register via the Pascal Theatre Company Website.

The event forms part of Pascal Theatre Company’s two-year heritage lottery project: Women for Women: 19th century women in Bloomsbury. For more on the project see: Introduction and Women - Pascal Theatre Company (

Further information on Weldon: Georgina Weldon: Georgina Weldon - Pascal Theatre Company (

Date: 14 March 2024

Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm 

Venue: Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library, 4th floor, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

Enter Senate House via the North Block and take the lift to the 4th floor.


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