Wednesday, 2nd May: The Suffragettes of Blackheath. Maureen Corcoran, blue badge guide and member of the Blackheath Society will lead a walk around the sites where suffragettes and other radicals walked, talked and protested. No booking required, donations to the Society on joining the walk.
Maureen will also lead a guided walk around historic Bow with a focus on the Suffragettes as part of her Blue Badge tours programme on 11 June. Contact email@example.com for more details and booking.
In 1815 George Wilson undertook a great feat of walking 1000 miles around Blackheath Common in 20 days. We will follow part of the route he took and consider what the Heath was like then. The walk will be led by Paul Browning who writes the blog, runner500.wordpress.com. Meeting point to be announced.
Tessa Boase will present her new book on Margaretta Lemon, a past resident of Blackheath, entitled Mrs Pankhurst's Purple Feather - Fashion, Fury and Feminism - Women's Fight for Change.
Margaretta Lemon, felt passionately about the cruel Victorian fashion for plumage, wings and whole dead birds on ladies’ hats. She could often be heard on a Sunday lecturing local ladies on their ‘murderous millinery’ as they made their way to All Saints church. While in her twenties she helped found the RSPB, and was soon running the Society and pushing for anti plumage legislation. She did not, however, believe in Votes for Women – and Mrs Pankhurst's appetite for plumed hats enraged her further still.
The evening will be held in the Bakehouse Theatre, Bennett Park, and begins at 7pm with a welcoming drink followed by the talk at 7.30. Questions and book signing will follow. Tickets are £10.00 available from www.Eventbrite.com where you should search Fashion, Fury and Feminism
The area is known for the many authors and poets of the 18th and 19th century who made the district their home. Robert Maurice-Williams will show us where they lived. Booking not necessary, however we plan to have lunch at the Chelsea Hospital garden so please let the office know if you would like to join us.
An exhibition celebrating the photographic work of year 4 children from Blackheath
Walk led by Society Vice-President, Tony Aldous.
Social evening in conjunction with The Blackheath Halls.