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The Lost Porn of Post-War London  

With Dr Helen Wickstead
At the Century Club - Soho W1

Tuesday the 13th June 2023 - doors at 6:30 pm, talk begins at 7 pm

The Soho Bibles - also known as The Soho Typescripts - were a distinct type of handmade pornography produced and sold in the streets behind the Century. They gained notoriety for their explicit content and were always sold under-the-counter. Thousands were 'published', but only a proportion survive today. The production of a Soho Typescript began when a porn merchant commissioned a writer, or a writer sold their manuscript. These exchanges often took place in Soho's bohemian public houses and clubs, which mixed up London's class strata, bringing porn merchants and sex workers into contact with hard-up writers and artists.

In this talk, Dr Helen Wickstead will reveal her study of these rare and collectable books bringing the streets of post-war Soho - and the characters who inhabited them - back to life.

Tickets £12 - please click here to purchase

Dr Helen Wickstead
Dr Helen Wickstead is Senior Lecturer in Museum and Gallery Studies at Kingston University, London. Working as an archaeologist and curator, she has spent decades excavating rubbish and rescuing forgotten, neglected, stigmatised or hidden phenomena. Her publications include the world's first dedicated study of Soho Bibles; an investigation of suburban folklore; nineteenth-century photographs from the secret museum inside the British Museum and a study of phallus collecting. Her research has been funded by English Heritage, AHRC, and Wellcome Trust.


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