Current Walks

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Walking Tour: Street Haunting – the female flaneur

Sunday 24 October 14:00 – 16:00 BST

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


Walking Tour – Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey

Sunday 21 Nov 2021 14:00 – 16:00

With her husband, local doctor and MP Dr Alfred Salter, she made a significant impact on health, housing, employment and labour relations, helping to make Bermondsey world famous for its flowers and its Garden City estate, still occupied today. Find out about the legacy of Ada on this charming riverside walk, which tells her story from the Bermondsey Uprising of women jam factory workers in 1911, to her years as a pacifist in the First World War, and her radical policies as Bermondsey Councillor.  

Guide: Sue McCarthy

The Garretts of Gower Street

Saturday 27 November 2021 11:00 – 13:00

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

Visions of the Future: Bloomsbury in the 1920s

Saturday 27 November 14:00 – !6:00

Discover visionary cultural and political thinkers of the 1920s in East Bloomsbury, such as Winifred Holtby, Dorothy L Sayers and the economist RH Tawney. 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 Great War.

Guide: Oonagh Gay


Radical Women of the West End

© British Library

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