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December 2021

Radical Women of the West End

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Sunday 5 December 14:00-16:00

Discover the radical women of Fitzrovia from Mary Wollstonecraft, author of “A Vindication of the Rights of woman’  to activist and writer Una Marson, the first Black broadcaster at the BBC.  French anarchist Louise Michel established an International school here. Suffragists Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and Lily Montagu pioneered community work with young women working in the rag trade; Marie Stopes opened the first birth control clinic and the Rossetti children published a journal endorsed by Kropotkin with contributions by George Bernard Shaw and Zola.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

February 2022

The Garretts’ of Gower Street

Sunday 13 February 2022 14:00 – 16:00

Millicent Fawcett’s Hyde Park address 1913 7JCC:O:01:177

Doctor, decorator, prisoner, politician, militant suffragette and mathematical genius. Join Sue in Bloomsbury to explore the life and legacy of the extraordinary women of the Garrett family. Millicent led the non-violent suffragists, Elizabeth was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Louisa ran a military hospital in WW1, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener, Philippa a brilliant mathematician and Amy set up a progressive school.

See the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Walking Tour – Street Haunting: the female flaneur

Saturday 19th February 2022 14:00 – 16:00

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Charlotte Mew, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf all drew inspiration from walking alone in London; observing and enjoying street life. Woolf called it “street haunting”. The sights and sounds of London run through their novels, stories, essays and poetry. On this two hour walk through the streets and squares of Bloomsbury we see where they lived and walked and how walks influenced their writing.

Guide: Sue McCarthy

Radical Women of the East End

Sunday 27 February 2022 14:00 – 16:00

Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant andMay match women.  Sylvia Pankhurst established the Suffragette East London Federation here, campaigning not only for the right of women to vote, but also to establish their social and economic freedom. Minnie Lansbury died here, after a heroic fight for justice for local residents. We will re-locate past struggles for social justice and take a look at the modern Bow on the way.

Guide: Oonagh Gay