I am taking some time off at the end of this month, so I shall be pounding the streets less than usual. Summer has reached into every crack and corner of London. It’s a time to watch the world go by from one of our many parks, eat ice cream, explore the city and reward yourself with a beer outside a sunny pub.
My diary changes, but at the moment I shall be leading tours around Greenwich Mondays 6th, 13th and 20th. The meet point is Tower Hill by the Tramshed coffee stop for 10.30. The cost of the tour is £10, or £8 for over 65s and full time students, plus the cost of the boat; £5.50, £3 children under 15.
I am back in the British Museum on two Mondays – 6th and 13th. For this tour meet me outside Holborn tube station for 2.15. Tour costs as above. Entrance to the museum is free.
I have three repertory other walks this month. Continue reading
A very Happy New Year to everyone.
One of this year’s resolution’s should be to keep up to date with this blog, I am sure there will be gaps; moments when days stream by without me putting up a fresh post.
But not this week.
So tomorrow kicks off with a Greenwich tour. We meet at 10.30 at Tower Hill tube tram coffee shed, and then travel the Royal way – by river – to Greenwich pier. Wrap up warmly as it is colder on the river than you might expect, though hot chocolate is available on the boat.
Tomorrow afternoon I am guiding the British Museum. Meet me outside Holborn tube for 2.15. We’ll be seeing some of the highlights of the museum’s collection, including the Rosetta Stone and the Sutton Hoo ship burial.
Tomorrow I am leading a walk in the City called Amazing Grace. It’s subject is the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire.
The history of the Slave Trade is hardly the most glorious in human history. Some twelve million Africans were loaded onto ships, transported in horrifying conditions to lives of slavery in North America and the West Indies.
It was a massive commercial operation bringing misery and wealth in equal measure.
The UK’s part in the Slave Trade is well known. Although slaves were not brought here, the money they earned those involved in the trade affected every level of society. Continue reading