October, 2021

17oct2:00 pm3:30 pmFrom the Land of the City of Light: Some Bloomsbury French ConnectionsGuided walk with Paul Guest2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Starts outside Goodge Street Underground StationEvent Type :FREE event,Talks, Walks & Tours

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The name Bloomsbury is of French origin. As attested in 1201, its land was acquired by a Norman landowner, William de Blemond, hence Blemondsbury and Bloomsbury. France has had some significant influence on Bloomsbury figures far more recently.

This walk, led by Camden Tour Guide Paul Guest, will focus on nine famous people, all English-speaking by birth, and one institution. Relevant fields of activity include molecular biology, medicine, literature and WW2 wireless operations. You will learn why this country’s first female doctor had to qualify initially in France, and will hear about a poet who wrote in both English and French, an exhibition which introduced the British to modern French art and a hotel modelled on a French chateau. You will also find out who Madame la Générale was.

Knowledge of French not required (except for the guide).

Tickets: FREE – but pre-booking is essential

From the Land of the City of Light: Some Bloomsbury French Connections
From the Land of the City of Light: Some Bloomsbury French Connections

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