Eleanor Rathbone, refugee scholars and the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning

18 October 2016 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Dr Susan Cohen, University of Southampton


The Administrator, fob@bodleian.ox.ac.uk


Having examined the archives of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning (SPSL) deposited in the Bodleian Library, Susan Cohen will talk about the ​collaboration between Eleanor Rathbone, ​independent MP for the combined English universities and founder of the Parliamentary Committee on Refugees, and Tess Simpson, Secretary of the SPSL.

Drawing on correspondence between them, and upon some case files, Susan will describe how the two women worked together to facilitate the early release of many refugee academics and scholars, following the introduction of mass internment in Britain in May 1940.

Image credit: Courtesy of Kenneth Norton Collins, ca. 1933


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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