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Saturday 5 November 2pm -Guide – Oonagh Gay
Discover visionary cultural and political thinkers of the 1920s in East Bloomsbury, such as Winifred Holtby, Dorothy L Sayers and the economist Eileen Power. We associate Bloomsbury with Virginia Woolf, but there were many other influencers who came here, attracted by low rents, and cultural connectivity. Women in particular could live here independently, and develop new ideas for society following the Greet War. Cultural life in London became much more diverse with the addition of women’s voices, and professions such as the law became open to them for the first time. See where the first woman barrister to prosecute a murder trial began her career; Helena Normanton has only recently been recognised with an English Heritage plaque.
Saturday 19 November 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy
Fashionable as a residential area in the 1700s, the houses were gradually transformed into workshops – the area was noted for furniture-makers in particular – or cheap tenements, and became home to several immigrant communities.
As we walk around Fitzrovia we will hear stories of those communities, and of some influential individuals, anarchists, freedom fighters and refugees from 300 years ago to the present day.
Saturday 14 January 2023 1pm -Guide – Oonagh Gay
London was at the centre of the suffragette protests just before the First World War, when the capital was rocked by arson attempts, hunger strikes and massive demonstrations. The walk will visit the church where Emily Wilding Davison’s funeral cortège began, and the headquarters of the Women’s Social and Political Union, and the site of the Suffragette Hospital where all the staff, including surgeons, were women, dealing with soldiers straight from the trenches. Along the way we will explore vegetarian restaurants and the 1911 Census boycott.
From a recent review: “I know a good deal about the suffragettes but I learned a whole lot more. Very well researched and delivered.”