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Women and Medicine in Euston and Fitzrovia Walk

Join us on this enlightening walking tour through Euston and Fitzrovia, where the stories of courageous women intertwine with the fascinating history of medicine. Explore their struggles, triumphs, and enduring legacies, all while immersing yourself in the captivating architecture and ambience of this remarkable London neighbourhood.

Walks last 90 mins
Not step-free
Individual tickets £20

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Our journey begins at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital on Euston Road, where we learn about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson herself. As the first qualified and practising female doctor in England, her story is truly awe-inspiring, showcasing her journey from a society resistant to change to becoming a trailblazer in medicine.

We pay tribute to Louisa Aldrich-Blake, the first woman to qualify as a surgeon. Explore the challenges she faced and the triumphs she achieved in a profession historically dominated by men.

Our exploration of Fitzrovia takes us to the Wellcome Building, where we discover initiatives and programs encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science and medicine. Learn about the innovative efforts shaping the future of women in medicine.

Delve into the childhood and career of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing of University College Hospital. Her pioneering achievements paved the way for future generations of female medical practitioners.

At the Cruciform building, formerly the North London Hospital, we uncover an intriguing connection to Agatha Christie, the renowned mystery writer who spent time within its walls. Be captivated by the stories that emerged from this period of her life.

Prepare for a surprising twist at our next stop, General Francisco de Miranda in Fitzroy Square. Discover the unexpected tale of Margaret Anne Bulkley, who defied societal norms by assuming a male identity to pursue a medical career as a nanny. Her extraordinary journey will leave you reflecting on the lengths people go to overcome obstacles in pursuit of their passions.

We shift gears to a more modern era as we arrive at the Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, housed in a contemporary building. Here, we explore the remarkable story of a woman brain surgeon who practised during the tumultuous period of the Second World War. Learn about her exceptional contributions to medicine amidst the challenges of wartime.

Our journey into the past leads us to Cleveland Street, where the old Middlesex Hospital once stood. This was where Elizabeth Garrett Anderson began her medical training. Discover her early days as a student and the formative experiences that shaped her illustrious career.

Taking a poignant turn, we visit the John Astor Nurses’ Home to pay tribute to a nurse who lost her life while saving others. Reflect on the selfless dedication of nurses and their profound impact on the medical profession.

Finally, our expedition concludes at the Fitzrovia Chapel, the last remaining structure of the Middlesex Hospital. Marvel at its beautiful architecture and take a moment to contemplate the legacy of the remarkable women who dedicated their lives to healing and medical advancement.

Your Guide: Sylvia McNamara

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