In 1979, Clare Manifold created a walk around London’s East End to raise money for Rights of Women. Sixty women went on the walk, which Clare later published as a pamphlet entitled The Feminist East End: A Walk.
A copy of this pamphlet is held in our Ron Heisler Collection. The pamphlet provides detailed historical information about this area of London and the struggles for women’s rights that were fought there during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Last summer, I recreated and blogged about the walk for the Passage: Writing on Walking London 1550-1950 project which led to a meeting with Clare Manifold and others involved with the original walk.
The pamphlet has now been added to the Layers of London mapping project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at the University of London‘s Institute of Historical Research. The project explores London’s development, history and heritage, from the Roman period to the present day through the city’s places using maps to show how London has changed over its history, and how Londoners have adapted to those changes. Layers of London aims to tell this story both across the city as a whole, but also with reference to local areas, streets, neighbourhoods and even individual buildings. Most important of all is that Layers of London is open to all to contribute to the history of London’s places - click here to find out more
Two University of London students, Lara Mills (BA English and History at QMUL) and Jessica Bryant (MA Art History at UCL), have spent June working on the project. Read their blogs and explore the scanned pamphlet.
This is just one project that is being undertaken between Layers of London and Senate House Library; there are more in the pipeline – watch this space!