Bring Your Baby - 'BRING YOUR BABY' GUIDED LONDON WALK: 'Suffragettes' East London'

WINNER of 'Best Parent Activity' at the '2020 Bablands Awards'!

Wednesday    10:30–13:30

This activity is usually led by Lucy Madison, who is a trained walking guide and historian, and worked as Primary school teacher in London before having her son. She is mum to 3 year old Evan, and dreamt up the idea for 'Bring Your Baby' somewhere between breastfeeding and napping with her son. Lucy is also the founder of 'Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz', which started out as an alternative for walks in the winter, and exploded. ('Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz' will be back as soon we can be back in pubs.) Aside from 'Bring Your Baby', Lucy runs the blog 'Horrid Hackney' and works with the Hackney History group, supports Primary schools with their local history curriculum, and gives public talks. Lucy co-wrote 'Women from Hackney's History', a book about significant Hackney women, published by The Hackney Society and Hackney History in March 2021.

Outside Bow Road Station   miles

Bow Road
London , Greater London
E3 4DH
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0 months - 3 years

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Stop for lunch / coffee and baby change at The Nunnery cafe about 1 hour into the walk. There is a park next to the cafe where little ones can let off some steam.

'Bring Your Baby' Guided London Walks are sensitively devised to suit parents and carers of even the tiniest babies to enjoy London’s history. Because every participant brings their baby, patience and baby’s needs are at the forefront of each walk.

You are welcome to bring friends and family who do not also have a baby.

- Bow was the headquarters of the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS), led by Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and sister of Christobel Pankhurst, also both prominent suffragette leaders. The ELFS was an offshoot of the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’, but Sylvia's work in Bow - which you shall visit - campaigned for much more than just the vote.
- Sylvia opened a nursery, infant welfare centre, cost-price restaurant and a co-operative toy factory - all to try and improve the conditions of the women of the East End - and you'll see their locations on this walk.
- Sylvia also published a newspaper, 'The Woman’s Dreadnought', and spoke out at venues across the East End, often ending in violence. We shall visit not only the locations of the newspaper production and sales, but also the scenes where Sylvia battled the authorities, held meetings rallying the women of the East End to join her, threw bricks into windows while trying to have her say, and the police station where she was put in cells after window-smashing and rallies.
- Between 1913 and 1914 Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested 8 times. On each occasion she went on hunger and thirst strike, so would be forcibly fed, a brutal practice that left her physically shattered. It took her a long time to recover, which I'll tell you about and show you the friend's home at which she convalesced.

Walk ends at The Lord Morpeth Road, Old Ford Road, close to Victoria Park where you could relax or have a play afterwards!


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