Walking with Women is a new tour guide to Cambridge city centre, available to purchase from Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge. It focuses on the role women have played in making the city what it is today. From the squalid cages of Regent Street’s infamous Spinning House to astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell’s stolen star-mapping, the guide provides a quick and easy-to-digest glance at the often-forgotten female tales and tragedies locked within this historic city’s buildings and public spaces.

The guide has received a great deal of attention, including centre page coverage by Cambridge News:
Article: The walking tour that reveals how women have shaped the city


Walking with Women booklets are available to purchase for £3 from:
Heffers Bookshop, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge,
tel: 01223 463200
email: heffers@heffers.co.uk

It is also available to buy online from Shape East, East of England Architecture Centre:

Web: http://www.shape-east.org.uk/tours/Walking_with_Women_Tour.html
Email: h.mcnish@shape-east.org.uk
Tel: 01223 462 606


Walking with Women was conceived and designed by poet Hollie McNish, in partnership with Shape East, the East of England Architecture Centre, and Page to Performance. It originated in response to an overwhelming cry by local female residents, school pupils and professionals about the lack of connection they felt to their city centre’s bricks and mortar.

The guide has received a tremendous amount of support from local historians, poets, architects, illustrators and enthusiasts, all of whom have given their free time to research, write and re-write this collection.

The stops on the tour are not intended to be made in any set order; we have not numbered them for this reason. Feel free to dip in and out as you wish, read over a cup of coffee or spend the afternoon strolling through 100 years of historic tales.

The stories included in this guide have all been nominated by local people and though we are aware that there are a huge amount still missing, we hope this will provide an adequate introduction to some of Cambridge’s female past.

If you wish to organise a Walking with Women guided tour, a poetry recital, want to order more copies of the booklet or simply wish to send us your thoughts, please get in touch. If you would like us to do a similar tour of your area, we can.

We’d love to hear from you.

Hollie McNish,

Poet and Shape East learning and participation coordinator






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