Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts

  • Free
  • Discussion
  • Speech-to-text
Photograph of a laptop on a desk, on the screen is a photographic portrait of Dr Kate Lister sat at a table with a selection of archive material from Wellcome Collection’s sex worker card collection laid out in front of her. Around the laptop is an open notebook and pen, a pile of books and pens in a pot. In the background are bookshelves.
Library Insights: Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Portrait: Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join Kate Lister to delve into the hidden history of the world’s oldest profession. Kate will discuss her new book and share stories of those who sold sex for a living, in an entertaining and informative discussion.

Kate Lister’s book ‘Harlots, Whores & Hackabouts: A History of Sex for Sale’ is published by Wellcome Collection on 7 October 2021.

This event will be live-streamed on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel and available to watch afterwards. After booking a ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with joining instructions.

You will be able to comment and ask questions live online using YouTube Live Chat and via Slido during the event. Your microphone and camera will be switched off for the whole session.

About your speaker

Photograph of Dr Kate Lister

Dr Kate Lister

Kate Lister is the creator of the award-winning online research project Whores of Yore, which seeks to build public engagement and disseminate research on the history of sex and sexuality through social media. She also lectures at Leeds Trinity University, and is widely published on the sex trade.



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This event will have live speech-to-text transcription which may be useful for people who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, deafened or neurodiverse. The text will be embedded in the event video window and ticketholders will also receive a link to open subtitles in a separate window.

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