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Felicia Skene: Oxford writer, prison reformer and friend to the poor
We are delighted to welcome back a very popular speaker, Liz Woolley, to tell us the story and implications of the life of Felicia Skene who was considered by many in Victorian Oxford to be a “local saint”.
She devoted herself improving the lives of the poor, particularly in St Thomas’s, one of the most deprived areas of the city. Skene rescued tramps and vagrants from their “eminently unsatisfactory existence” and girls from prostitution. The first woman in England to be officially appointed as a prison visitor, she was a tireless advocate for prison reform, both in the practical help she gave to inmates in Oxford’s gaols, and through her prodigious writing.
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