Helen Mathers, author profile

I am a professional historian with a PhD from the University of Sheffield. I have taught many courses on Victorian and women’s history and am proud to be a long-standing associate lecturer for the Open University. My students are of all ages, 18- 80, and come from all kinds of backgrounds. I often think about my students when I am writing – what do they need to know and understand?

When I first learned about Josephine Butler I was astonished by her achievements. She was a Victorian woman, with no vote, who persuaded Parliament to repeal a law she did not like! And she led a nationwide women’s campaign in order to achieve that! And the law was about prostitutes, the ‘fallen’ women who most Victorians thought were beneath contempt. Why did Josephine care at all? It took a lot of research to find the answers. On the way I discovered Josephine’s astonishing life story – of great love and devastating tragedy. I have produced a biography with a difference – ‘Patron Saint of Prostitutes’ tells Josephine’s life story and explains the historical background as well. But it’s not academic – it’s definitely intended as a ‘good read’ .

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2 thoughts on “Helen Mathers, author profile

  1. Flo Clucas says:

    Dear Ms Mathers,
    I am writing to you in connection with Josephine Butler. I too believe she was quite a woman. I am hoping to have a piece of commemorative art dedicated to her, here in Cheltenham, acknowledging her contribution to women everywhere. My reason for writing is to ask whether you might have contact details for her family – not, I hasten to add to ask for money, but to ensure that they are informed about what is being done.
    As a current Cheltenham, and formerly Liverpool, councillor, I am well aware of Josephine Butler’s impact on the lives of ordinary women and think it fitting that we should honour her memory and work.
    Any assistance you might be able to give would be most gratefully received.
    My private e mail address is: flo.clucas@btinternet.com
    Best wishes,
    Cllr Flo Clucas OBE
    Sent from my iPad

  2. Mark Scott says:

    Hello Helen. I’m writing a biographical historical novel which will be dedicated to JB. I believe, from my research, she saved my great great grandmother and her son. It would be great to discuss. Mark Scott,

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