Forthcoming Walks and Tours

January 2020

Wednesday 22 January 2020 11am – new Wednesday walks!

Dorothy L Sayers’ Bloomsbury  one of the “golden age” crime writers between the first and second world wars, Dorothy L Sayers lived and worked in Holborn and Bloomsbury  – as did her alter ego, Harriet Vane and other familiar characters from the novels and short stories.  Walk through back streets and squares to 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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Sue

Saturday 25 January 2020 2pm

Radical Women of the West End 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 discover the radical women of Fitzrovia. 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 some very advanced children published a journal endorsed by Kropotkin with contributions by George Bernard Shaw and Zola. See where they lived and worked.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9 

Guide: Sue 

February 2020

Wednesday 5th February 2020 11am – new Wednesday walks!

Radical Theatre – Kings Cross to Kingsway Follow radical theatre from the propaganda plays of the Actresses Franchise League, through pacifist plays of WW1, agitprop and “alternative” theatre to A Brexit Opera. This walk through Bloomsbury and Covent Garden explores the rich history of radical theatre during the past 100 years. The walk was originally developed as part of Camden Vox.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Sue 

Sunday 9 February 2020 2pm

Radical Women of the East End Retrace the steps of the most famous radical women associated with Bow, starting with the Bryant and May matchwomen. 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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Saturday 15 February 2020 2pm New walk!

Mary Wollstonecraft: Chapels and Change in Newington Green In the years before the French Revolution, Mary Wollstonecraft opened a school in Newington Green, Canonbury, and joined a network of radicals based around the Unitarian Chapel on the Green. She developed her ideas on female and male rights as part of this immersive experience. Follow in her footsteps to explore this historic green and the developing Victorian suburb of Canonbury, home to other radicals such as George Orwell and visited by Sylvia Pankhurst and Vladimir Lenin in the turbulent decade before the First World War.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Wednesday 19 February 2020 11am Half-term Wednesday walk!

Beastly Islington What part did animals play in the development of Islington as the open fields gave way to the inner city?  What was it like when when cattle, pigs and geese were driven through the streets to the live meat market at Smithfield and just how much dung did horse-drawn carriages dump on London streets?  From performing animals to beasts of burden, working animals played an important part in the life of our ancestors.  Discover how a fancy to milk a cow led to the founding of a school, about the local lad responsible for a world famous dog show and the people who promoted animal welfare. Join Sue to find out what it was really like for animals and humans to live so closely together.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9 (Children go free)

Guide: Sue