Never the Bride: Mary Wollstonecraft and the Crash of Wedding Symbols

Symbols matter. There’s a serious bit of state theatre going on this weekend apparently (Hackney Tours is too busy being out on the street to follow the media) and it’s all about reinforcing the ancient (feudal?) concept of monarchy. Apparently we’re paying for an elaborate spectacle that is designed to reassure us that being Subjects…

Frankenstein, Freedom and Suffragettes: Forged in Hackney

Like a little radical history? Love books? Enjoy big ideas from famous Hackney figures who rocked the boat for reform? On London Bookshop Crawl Weekend, we celebrated 100 years since women entered Parliament for the first time, 200 years since Mary Shelley published Frankenstein and

Hackney Tours Tomorrow’s World

It’s apt that the exhibition Tomorrow’s World at Atom Gallery on Green Lanes– opening tomorrow, naturally – should explore ideas of Utopia and Dystopia so close to Newington Green. This is where

The Original Suffragette – Hackney Hero Mary Wollstonecraft

The big movie release this week is Suffragette, but 100 years before the Pankhurst-led push for suffrage, a Hackney-based hero was scandalising the establishment by suggesting a woman could be a man’s equal. She is the star of our polemical walk ‘Feminist (Or Is It?) Stoke Newington’. Often referred to as the ‘founder of modern…

#TenPerCentTours – Tours Giving Back And Doing Good

#TenPerCentTours   Tour guiding is an enormously rewarding job. In nearly a decade I’ve all sorts of interesting people and share with them the things that I’m passionate about. They often return the favour too! But it’s important to me that my job is something that I can feel is contributing to the greater good…