• Henry James Greathead
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    Paul Surma talks about Henry James Greathead one of the people he features in his new walk Lifeblood of the City – Public Transport in London on Saturday 27th June at 2pm and 5.30pm Henry James Greathead is the ‘father of the tube’, a South African engineer that, through his invention: the Greathead Shield, saw that…

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  • Kings and Queens in London – John
    Kings and Queens in London – John
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    Continuing our series about the legacy of British monarchs on London – this time King John. You can find out more about the events leading up to Magna Carta in Tina’s walk The Road to Runnymede on June 15th at 2pm Last time we heard how Richard I was not one of the greatest lovers…

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  • The Day the Tate flooded
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    Jen Pedler talks about the 1928 flood which features in her ‘Three Bridges, Two Palaces and One River’ walk on Sunday 31st May. When Whistler painted his mural The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats in the restaurant of the Tate (Britain) he anticipated that it would have to resist the rough and tumble of…

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  • River Walks Festival
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    The River Walks Festival ran last month – a celebration of London’s rivers. Footprints of London told the stories of these rivers and how they have helped shape London history.  The festival opened with a talk by author Caitlin Davies about her new book Downstream A History and Celebration of Swimming in the Thames at…

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  • The Hinge of Fate
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    Jack Yeomanson talks about the background to his new walk The Hinge of Fate May 1940. Four days which nearly changed history as Britain wrestled with fighting on, or seeking peace with a German army which had blitzed over Europe at an alarming rate, pegging the British forces in at Dunkirk. The issues between Winston…

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  • Election Week Special part 2: London’s Ragged and Reformers
    Election Week Special part 2: London’s Ragged and Reformers
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    Richard Watkins talks about how his London’s Ragged and Reformers walk is relevant to this weeks election On Wednesday, the eve of the most uncertain general election in a generation, Richard’s walk, “London’s Ragged and Reformers” draws out some uncanny parallels between issues in Victorian London and today… “In the nineteenth century many people resented…

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  • Election week special part 1: John Wilkes and the Middlesex Election Scandal
    Election week special part 1: John Wilkes and the Middlesex Election Scandal
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    Mark Rowland takes a backward glance to an occasion when electioneering got really rough…   I suppose it’s reasonable enough to assume that the politics is going to get a bit dirty in the lead up to one of the most closely contested elections in living memory this Thursday, but our 21st Century versions of putative Members of…

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  • Fleet Street Women
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      Tina Baxter has a new walk Women Through Time – Fleet Street on Sunday May 10th Fleet Street has always been seen as a the domain of men, whether they be newspaper magnates, editors, publishers, journalists, photographers, news boys! Well for each and every famous man there is certainly at least one woman, if…

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