Charlie Chaplin Lambeth, Edith Cavell, Great War, Home Front, Imperial War Museum, Spanish flu, Trafalgar Square
You start at a hospital where the wounded were brought. It’s then on to a statue of a famous Great War heroine which has an interesting story behind it. Nearby is a famous square that was unrecognisable in the Great War, being used for all sorts. You are shown amazing photographs to bring the square to 1914-18 life. You also see mansions that were converted into war use, and a park that was part of a huge campaign. You hear about bomb shelters, before going down one to get a tube to the Imperial War Museum. This area was also where Charlie Chaplin was brought up and you hear about him in the Great War. Once inside the museum, you’re told about women’s work – munitions, nursing, clerical work, trams, the land army. And you also hear about rationing and the Spanish Flu and the significance of both in the war.
NB: This winter walk is tailor-made according to the weather. A lovely day and you can spend more of the walk outside. If it’s cold or wet, you can spend more time inside the museum.
Start: Charing Cross station
Finish: Imperial War Museum or Elephant & Castle underground station