Historic Walking Tour: The Radical Women of Saffron Walden

Part of the Snapping the Stiletto - Campaigning for Equality project

Saffron Walden Museum is delivering a walking tour with local author Hannah Jane Walker, with two possible dates to attend: Wednesday 10 November and Saturday 13 November, 10am to 12.30pm.

The walk will be exploring radical historical women of Saffron Walden. Each of these women are attached to a specific site within the town.

We will begin our journey at the museum, and then walk between sites. At each site you will learn a little about the woman in question and explore their identity and try to bring them to life through simple accessible creative writing exercises. No experience of creative writing is necessary.

Hannah Walker, artist and walk leader, said: "I grew up in Saffron Walden and have returned to live here to raise a family. I know quite a few stories about historical male figures of Saffron Walden, but barely anything about historical women of Saffron Walden.

"It turns out, Saffron Walden has a surprisingly radical history, a town for a long time of diversity and tolerance. I have found lots of fascinating information about women who have lived and worked here, and have woven their stories together into a walking tour. I cannot wait to share what I have found out. I'm really looking forward to meeting people who want to come on the walk."

Jenny Oxley, Collections Officer (Human History) at Saffron Walden Museum, added:"This is a great opportunity to share more diverse stories about people who lived and worked locally, which are empowering and inspirational."

The walks will meet at the museum at 10am, then go on the tour around town, before returning to the museum for the last stop around 12pm. They will cover roughly 4km all on pavements through the town centre. 

This is a free event, although standard admission charges still apply to the museum (adult: £2.50; concessions: £1.25; children: free).

To attend the walk, book online via Art Tickets https://saffron-walden-museum.arttickets.org.uk/ or contact the museum on 01799 510333 or museum@uttlesford.gov.uk.

For more information about the Snapping the Stiletto Project: Campaigning for Equality project, visit www.snappingthestiletto.co.uk.

For more information about Saffron Walden Museum, including opening times, visit www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org.

2 November 2021