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Lecture, Tue 7 Feb - Tue 7 Mar 2017, £4-£5


The Story of Arsenic

The Story of Arsenic


Join Tim Tubbs in the handsome, panelled Sitwell Library at Woodend for more Tuesday lunchtimE lectures on popular historical and literary subjects.

Much more than the domestic murderer's poison of choice, the element Arsenic plays an essential role in our lives. The fascinating story of its discovery, production, capability of analysis, use and misuse, sheds light on political, criminal, chemical, environmental and social history, art, design and interior decoration, and offers intriguing insights into women's status and survival strategies in recent centuries. Above all, the story of arsenic offers a varied international cast of characters, and is packed with interesting anecdote.

Arsenic Everywhere - 7 February
In which we review the history of the element, outside its lethal or criminal application, touching on chemistry, industry, the environment, home life, fine arts...and the career of William Morris, whose family wealth and creative work owed everything to arsenic.

Arsenic Before Analysis - 21 February
In whic we see how famous historical poisoners exploited arsenic, before the days of chemical analysis, from Empress Agrippina and the Borgias, to Madame de Brinvilliers and "The Affair of the Poisons" which rocked the 1670's court of Louis XIV of France.

The Great Female Poisoners - 28 February
In which we consider women who use arsenic to resolve a range of social, financial or marital problems, in the days when arsenic was readily available and a step ahead of forensic science, from Helene Jegado, Madeleine Smith, Mary Ann Cotton and Florence Maybrick to Charlotte Byrant, Anne Marie Hahn and Marie Besnard.

Arsenic as Murder Inc
In which we follow two fascinating episodes, where murder by arsenic, for profit, release or freedom, became compulsively addictive to communities in 1920's rural Hungary and 1930's Philadelphia

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic siteAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Tue 7 Feb - Tue 7 Mar 2017 13:00 to 14:00


£5 per lecture (£4 concession)


The Crescent,
North Yorkshire,
YO11 2PW



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Map reference: TA 040882  Lat: 54.27887 Long: -0.40419

By Road:
Woodend Creative Workspace is less than five minutes walk from Scarborough station. Regular rail links service easy access to and from York, Middlesbrough, Hull, Manchester and Leeds with London only 3 hours and 25 minutes away. Enjoying a town centre location Woodend is also very near the town's park and ride system. Woodend is very close to the main shopping area and a short walk along the Valley Road connects to the beach and waterfront. Scarborough Art Gallery, the Rotunda Museum and the Spa complex are within easy reach.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Scarborough station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality