Forthcoming Walks and Tours

September 2019

Sunday 8 September 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.  2pm to 4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9 

Guide: Oonagh 

 

October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019 3pm

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.

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 

Thursday 10th October 2019 3pm

Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Anarchism in Fitzrovia Conrad’s The Secret Agent cast a critical eye over London at the end of the nineteenth century when the capital was home to a series of revolutionary anarchist groups. They had come to police attention following royal pressure after the assassination of the Tsar of Russia. The Secret Agent, Verloc, in Conrad’s novel is a double agent, blackmailed to commit an outrage which ends in family tragedy. The death of Stevie, Verloc’s son in law, is closely based on a real anarchist explosion near the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. This walk visits real anarchist shops and clubs and explains the reality behind Conrad’s classic. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Friday 11 October 2pm

Canonbury Tower Come and explore the inside and outside of one of Islington’s historic jewels – the Canonbury Tower. Originally built in the early 1500s by Prior Bolton of St Bartholomew’s Priory as a summer retreat, the Tower has a fascinating history, and was owned by Thomas Cromwell (of Wolf Hall fame) and at one time occupied by novelist Oliver Goldsmith. This is one of the regular tours offered by Islington Guided Walks

Booking through Eventbrite £15

Guide Oonagh 

Wednesday 16th October 2019 11am

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.  

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 

Wednesday 16th October 2019 3pm

Dodging the Blitz: Bloomsbury’s Second World War Novels Graham Greene’s End of the Affair and the Ministry of Fear are directly taken from his wartime experiences and love affairs in Bloomsbury as an air raid warden. Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark are other writers who transposed war time events into their literary output. Pat Barker and Sarah Waters have used the period and location brilliantly in recent novels. This walk highlights important events which formed the basis of these novels, and looks at some of the main landmarks of the Blitz in Bloomsbury. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Sunday 20th October 2019 2pm

The Garretts of Gower Street  Seven extraordinary 19th & 20th century women: three sisters, two daughters, a cousin, a sister-in-law – all with ground-breaking careers and active in public life. Elizabeth was the first woman to qualify in England as a doctor, Millicent fought for women to get the vote, Agnes and Rhoda established a top interior design company, Fanny was a landscape gardener and Philippa a brilliant mathematician. See the places they lived and worked and the legacy they left behind.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

Monday 21st October 2019 3pm

Dodging the Blitz: Bloomsbury’s Second World War Novels Graham Greene’s End of the Affair and the Ministry of Fear are directly taken from his wartime experiences and love affairs in Bloomsbury as an air raid warden. Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark are other writers who transposed war time events into their literary output. Pat Barker and Sarah Waters have used the period and location brilliantly in recent novels. This walk highlights important events which formed the basis of these novels, and looks at some of the main landmarks of the Blitz in Bloomsbury. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Friday 25th October 2019 3pm

Conrad’s The Secret Agent: Anarchism in Fitzrovia Conrad’s The Secret Agent cast a critical eye over London at the end of the nineteenth century when the capital was home to a series of revolutionary anarchist groups. They had come to police attention following royal pressure after the assassination of the Tsar of Russia. The Secret Agent, Verloc, in Conrad’s novel is a double agent, blackmailed to commit an outrage which ends in family tragedy. The death of Stevie, Verloc’s son in law, is closely based on a real anarchist explosion near the Greenwich Observatory in 1894. This walk visits real anarchist shops and clubs and explains the reality behind Conrad’s classic. 3-5pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

Saturday 26th October 2019 2pm

Radical Women of the West End  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.

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide Sue 

 

Sunday 27th October 2019 2pm

Ada Salter: Beautifying Bermondsey  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 Bermondsey Councillor.  2-4pm

Booking through Eventbrite £12/£9

Guide: Oonagh 

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