Josephine Butler was one of the most remarkable women of the Victorian age. Born into aristocratic privilege and with family connections to Charles Earl Grey, whose monument dominates the Newcastle skyline, Josephine's life was marked by tragedy when her daughter fell down the stairs and broke her neck aged just 4. Despite this she became a political campaigner who worked tirelessly for repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act finally succeeding in 1886.

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