Public Walks 30th July- 6th August

The Cutty Sark
Most of the tours I have been doing over the past couple of weeks have been for private bookings. I’m taking a couple of weeks off from 7th August, so here are public tours I shall be doing between now and then.The cost per adult is £10 for each tour. Continue reading “Public Walks 30th July- 6th August”

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This week’s public walks, 4th-9th June inclusive

The sun is shining, the skies are blue, it’s not too hot – perfect for getting out and about and exploring.

These public walks are ones where you just turn up at the start point, pay £10 (cash only) and join the tour. There is no need to prebook. I’ll be wearing my Blue Badge, the badge only qualified, professional guides are awarded.

Monday 4th June:
Greenwich, meet 10.15 outside Tower Hill tube, opposite the tram coffee stop. The tour finishes in Greenwich at 1pm. We take the boat to Greenwich so there is an additional charge of £6.50 for this tour.
British Museum, meet 2.30 outside Russell Square tube opposite where Barry sells freshly squeezed orange juice and other refreshments.

Barry in winter
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Keep Blue Badge Guided Tours in Parliament

Some of you follow this blog because you have been on my tours and enjoyed them, tours that include the Palace of Westminster. I qualified as a Blue Badge Guide twenty years ago. In 2000 I took an additional course and passed the written and practical exams to allow me to guide in Parliament.

However, the future of Blue Badge Guides in this building is under threat. There are plans to replace us in just five months with non-professional guides who will learn a script.
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The week’s public walks, from 13th May 2018

As well as leading walk for families, companies and individuals, I lead a number of tours where members of the public can join me and pay an individual fee. Today, Saturday, I was working in the Palace of Westminster, aka the Houses of Parliament; a prestigious establishment and one that happily kept me out of the rain.

If the weather forecast is correct, I should remain dry tomorrow too, as the rain is due to die away as I begin C the City at 10.45 outside St Paul’s tube station, exit 2. Continue reading “The week’s public walks, from 13th May 2018”

A Grand Place for Getting Headaches

Millicent Fawcett has been in the news a fair amount recently for a woman who has been dead for 89 years. So what’s all the fuss about?

Maquette in City Hall

Well, a statue of her has been unveiled in Parliament Square this week as part of the commemorations marking a century since women in the UK got the vote. The struggle was long and difficult, and a number of bodies, including parliament, are hoping an awareness of how hard women had to fight for the right for a say in our parliament might encourage more women, especially young women, to vote.https://goo.gl/images/p1EnSR

As 2018 rolls on, the issues surrounding the silencing of women in today’s world are getting more attention, so maybe it’s going to be the moment when generations of women start to assert their rights at the ballot box.

Fawcett was a suffragist, not a suffragette, and it’s important to remind ourselves that there were many women’s organisations demanding the right to vote, many voices, not a single one, just as women today come in all shades of political hue and hold widely diverging opinions.
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Mayflower 400: Rotherhithe

In 2020 it will be four hundred years since the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the new world on board The Mayflower, sailing to join another ship, The Speedwell, in Southampton. But after springing a leak, The Speedwell did not make the journey across the Atlantic, and her passengers crowded onto The Mayflower which left Plymouth alone 6th September 1620.

Pilgrim Father with C20 Child

1620 A-Z of the New World
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