Bitten By Witch Fever: wallpaper and arsenic in the Victorian home
Lucinda Hawksley will talk about wallpaper, fashion, medical mystification and serial poisoners, about death by arsenic and how it became a constant topic in Victorian newspapers.
Had you lived in the 19th-century, your home would have been fraught with arsenical dangers, from the wallpaper you hung in your bedroom or the clothes your children wore, to the food served at your dinner table. The prevalence of arsenic in the Victorian home led to its use as a murderer’s weapon of choice.
Lucinda is an author, art historian and public speaker, with a special interest in literature and art from the 19th and early 20th centuries and in the history of London. She is the daughter of Henry Dickens Hawksley and Susan Jane, and the great-great-great-granddaughter of Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and his wife.