Edith Cavell, Great War, Great War Home Front, Great War munitions, Imperial War Museum, Trafalgar Square
You start this walk at a renowned hospital to tell you about caring for the injured. You stay with nursing when you are shown a huge memorial to perhaps the most famous British woman of the Great War and hear the interesting story behind her fame. Then you stroll through Trafalgar Square while you hear some of the extraordinary events that took place in the square during the war. A French village, a “tank bank”, setting fire to Nelson, you name it! This is followed by walking through a posh area to see beautiful mansions that were used in the war effort, including those of Mr & Mrs Selfridge. Then pop into beautiful St James’ Park to hear about other elements of the home front, before jumping on a tube to the Elephant & Castle to visit the Imperial War Museum. Once inside the museum you’re guided around exhibits, being told about munitions workers and all the other work taken on by women. There’s also stuff to hear about queuing, rationing and the importance of women and the home front in the ending of the war. You finish with something that isn’t in the museum, but which perhaps did more than anything else to end the war to end all wars. And throughout you’re shown amazing photographs, both by the guide and in the museum.
Start Trafalgar Square
Mid walk – Take Underground Charing Cross to Elephant & Castle
Finish Imperial War Museum cafe or Elephant & Castle underground station