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On the Trail of Refugees in 1930s Bloomsbury
12 November, 2020 - 22 November, 2020
This is a socially distanced in-person event.
Please note due to the recent announcement of a new lockdown in England, guided walking tours will no longer be possible. An audio version is available for self-guided tours during the festival, see below for details. If you have signed up for this event the organiser will be in contact with you shortly. Please follow government guidance when undertaking the walk as part of your daily exercise.
On this self-guided audio walking tour, follow the trail of the 1930s refugees from Nazi Europe around Bloomsbury, a magnet for the new arrivals due to its cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation. Find out how support for refugees was coordinated from Bloomsbury, how exiles contributed to Britain’s anti-Nazi propaganda war, and how activists plotting the Nazis’ downfall were spied on by MI5 agents.
The walk brings to life work by the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies and is illustrated by voices and images from the Institute of Modern Languages Research’s exile archives.
The audio walk is now available to listen to here. You can download and follow the walk in your own time, at your own pace, whenever you like.