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Saturday 17 September 2pm- Guide – Sue McCarthy
Ada Salter was the first female mayor in London and the first Labour woman mayor in the British Isles. 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 a Bermondsey Councillor.
Sunday 25 September 2pm – Guide – Sue McCarthy
Dorothy L Sayers, one of the “golden age” crime writers between the first and second world wars, lived and worked in Holborn and Bloomsbury – as did her alter ego, Harriet Vane and other familiar characters from the novels and short stories.
See places from which she took inspiration for her detective fiction; find out more about Sayers’ characters and about the woman who brought them all to life.
Meet Holborn Station and finish close to Russell Square.
Saturday 22 October 11:30am – Guide – Sue McCarthy
Developed for this year’s Bloomsbury Festival, this walk Bloomsbury celebrates the life and work of Fanny Wilkinson, the first professional female landscape gardener who began her work here in the 1880s. A champion of tree planting for clean air and responsible for many of London’s parks and green spaces, Fanny was friend of Millicent Garrett Fawcett and her sisters. Fanny was an active suffragist and like the Garrett sisters, carved a route for women to enter the professions ending her career as Principal of the first women’s horticultural college.
Wednesday 2 November 11am -Guide -Oonagh Gay
First produced in conjunction with Islington Museum, this walk covers some radical decades where the feminist bookshop Sisterwrite was based in Upper Street, as well as the first LGTB registered charity London Friend. The Anti Apartheid movement had many activists in the borough and the ANC had its headquarters in Penton St N1. The local MP, Chris Smith, was the first openly gay MP in Parliament and the borough was the target of intense media attention as ‘loony Left’. Explore these memories and places on this fascinating guided tour.
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.