Walking Curious King’s Cross
Saturday July 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Housmans Bookshop in conjunction with the People’s Museum of Somers Town would like to welcome you to join Andrew Whitehead (editor of BBC World Service News and an editor of History Workshop Journal) for a walk around King’s Cross and Somers Town.
The walk will touch on the areas radical past (including the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, William Godwin, and George Padmore), as well its cultural life and industrial heritage. The walk will set off from Housmans at 2pm and finish at the People’s Museum of Somers Town around 4pm.
Sure to feature on the walk will be Gilbert Bayes’ ceramic sculptures that added a touch of magic to some of the social housing in Somers Town. The People’s Museum is currently campaigning to restore this decorative slice of working class heritage. Bayes’ work was truly ‘art in everyday life’ – figures on posts for washing lines – making St Pancras Housing ‘fairytale estates’. Tragically over 80 of these beautiful 1930s ceramics have disappeared – often selling at auctions.
The People’s Museum have been working to restore them, and they are asking for your help. They’ve already raised funds and managed to restore some, but they want to go further. To find out more please visit https://gofund.me/fbb99247
Tickets for the walk will be £5 (with all money going to support the People’s Museum) or £10, which will include a copy of Andrew’s book Curious King’s Cross (Five Leaves, 2018). Space very limited so please book early.
The Peoples Museum is available to visit throughout the week. Please visit https://aspaceforus.club for more info.