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The Betty Behrens Seminar on Classics of Historiography

Karen O’Brien (Durham University) will speak about "The History of England from the Accession of James I to that of the Brunswick Line" by Catherine Macaulay and engage in discussion with the attendees.

Chimney Boy: George Brewster

Tue 13 February

On a cold February in 1875 George Brewster, an 11-year-old Chimney Sweep’s ‘apprentice’, was sent up a boiler chimney at Fulbourn Lunatic Asylum by his master. He sadly suffocated – nothing out of the ordinary for Victorian England – however, the story afterwards is remarkable.

Hear Joanna’s story about how she ‘Found George’ and how meeting people along the journey is turning a forgotten story about a young boy into a (soon to be) household name known to all.

Joanna Hudson is a Communications Manager for the University of Cambridge and, when not doing her day job and bringing up two kids, is an amateur historian.

This event will be presented on Zoom. To receive the link, which will be sent out a few days before the talk, please sign up for our mailing list at https://millroadhistory.org.uk/mailing-list/

Cost: Free

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Tue 13 February 7:30PM - 9:00PM


Please note: the venue is to be confirmed