Walking Tour: Protest and Power: Women in Hyde Park
Saturday 10th Mar 2018
10:30am - 12pm
From queens to pickpockets, petticoat duelists to protesters, this historical walk will explore the hidden stories of women in the park from its inception to today. In celebration of International Women’s Day and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, The Royal Parks will be giving a special guided walk of Hyde Park.
Come and stand at Speakers' Corner, the site of Women’s Sunday in 1908. This was the first large-scale meeting to be organised by the Women's Social and Political Union and saw the largest number of people yet gathered in Hyde Park for a political purpose. You'll have the opportunity to hear the rousing words that suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst and Flora Drummond said that day.
We'll visit Marble Arch, home of the notorious Tyburn hanging tree, and hear of the infamous pick pocket Jenny Diver who met her untimely end there. Our guide will reveal the stories of the petticoat duelists, women who would settle their disputes with pistols and swords. We'll visit the site of The Camouflage School, a training site used during World War 1 and see how woman helped with the war effort, from making camouflage nets, growing food and even patrolling the Parks.
This walk will start at the Speakers' Corners refreshment Kiosk (nearest station Marble Arch) and will end near the Italian Water Gardens (nearest station Lancaster Gate).