Educator-writer-activist David Rosenberg has been leading East End Walks since 2008. His walks bring to life the people and places of the East End, especially from the 1880s to the 1930s; from the time when Jews arrived in large numbers from Eastern Europe to the time when they united with non-Jewish East Enders to drive out Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists at the Battle of Cable Street in 1936. He also incorporates walks exploring London’s wider radical history in courses he teaches at adult education institutes. These walks cover topics that include women’s radicalism, trade unionism, chartism, pacifism and anti-racism. Beyond the East End he leads walks on radical reformers and revolutionaries in Bloomsbury, rebels and dissenters of Islington, and protesters and campaigners in the streets of Westminster. As well as tours for members of the general public he has led specialised tours for trade unions, community and campaigning groups, schools and colleges, museums and galleries.
“Whether you live in London or are just visiting, these guided walks through radical history will help you see the city in a new light. Each of the different walks is a journey of discovery, a lesson in struggle, and a source of inspiration. David’s knowledge, insight, humour and humanity bring our radical past back where it belongs: in the present.”
– Mike M, North London