Lady Audley on Trial

The ICVWW participated in the 2016 Being Human Festival of the Humanities with a series of events linked to Mary Elizabeth Braddon's bestselling sensation novel ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’ (1862).

Exhibition: Mon 21-Fri 25 Nov 9am-5pm


This exhibition included original material from the Braddon Archive held by the ICVWW, brought to life with text boards and dressed mannequins created by the Mary Elizabeth Braddon Association. Visitors learned more about one of Victorian England’s most prolific and successful women writers, creator of the scandalous Lady Audley, who rocked the 1860s in every sense. 

Film Screening: Wed 23 Nov 6pm-9pm


We screened Lady Audley's Secret followed by an informal discussion of the film. Could modern reproductions effectively convey the spirit of the original? Did the film faithfully recreate the text or did it take liberties with the adaption?


Lady Audley on Trial: Fri 25 Nov 5pm-7pm


The climax of our events was the trial of Lady Audley herself. With the help of Don't Go in to the Cellar theatre company and criminal law students from the University of Kent, attendees witnessed Lady Audley's trial according to modern day law. 


View Lady Audley's Pre-Charge Case File

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