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Metaphysical Motherhood? The Case of St Michael’s Fellowship, 1903-1914

Event type
Seminar
Series
Voluntary Action History
Event dates
, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Address
UCL Institute for Education (Room 675)
Speakers
Alison Penn (Open University)
Contact
ihr.reception@sas.ac.uk
020 7862 8740

The Fellowship of St Michael and All Angels was formed in 1903, founded by Agnes Parr, to ‘rescue’ young pregnant unmarried women of the middle and upper classes.  It did this by providing care and shelter in a network of homes established in South London.

The Fellowship left records in its Patient Book and the minutes of the Ladies Committee which records the cases of the young women, their outcomes and in some cases the outcomes for the babies.  It is a case study which provides us with historical detail and insight into early 20th Century rescue work, and is an example of maternalistic support which combined care with control.