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Monday, 25 March 2013, 1:00PM
Museum of London

"The fangs of the serpent are hid in the bowl": The Temperance Movement

The Revd Professor Stephen Orchard

How did what started as a temperance movement become a campaign for total abstinence? Who were the real originators of temperance societies and what were the factors making for their growth? What led to the demonisation of drink? To modern eyes the temperance movement seems old-fashioned but its original promoters were among the most progressive minds of their day. It became associated with the churches but was resisted by them in the beginning. Why did the temperance movement fade away in the twentieth century? This lecture aims to raise important questions about the rise and fall of the movement and suggest some of the answers.

This is the fourth in a series of four 'Mondays at One' lectures, From Gin Lane to the Band of Hope.  Other lectures in the series are as follows:
    An Infernal Spark: Drink, Addiction and Disease
    The Gordon Riots of 1780: London in flames and a nation in ruins
    Cannabis Britannica: The rise and demise of a Victorian wonder-drug

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Professor Orchard was Director of Christian Education Movement for fourteen years before becoming Principal of Westminster College, Cambridge from 2000. He retired in 2007 and was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church, of which he is a minister, for 2007-2008.

Stephen's research interests are in modern church history. He served local Churches in South Wales, London and Hertfordshire, before becoming Assistant General Secretary of the British Council of Churches. His publications include theological reflections on welfare, taxation and education as well as hymns and prayers. He has recently edited and contributed to a volume of essays on the Sunday School movement.

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25 March 2013

"The fangs of the serpent are hid in the bowl": The Temperance Movement
The Revd Professor Stephen Orchard

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