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Living History: Bound Feet Women of China

9 March 2016

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Venue: Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre), Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Site, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Bound foot of Chinese woman


Join award-winning photographer and cultural anthropologist Jo Farrell for a discussion about her project Living History: Bound Feet Women of China which celebrates the lives of some of the last remaining women who went through this tradition. Foot-binding (also known as ‘lotus feet’) was the Chinese custom of applying painfully tight binding to the feet of young girls to prevent further growth. A tradition started in the Song Dynasty, it was originally banned in 1911 however continued in rural areas until around 1949 when the women were forced to remove the bindings by governmental decree.

You will also be able to engage with the museum’s two specimens of bound feet and learn more about them at this event.

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Price: £9.95

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