Extraordinary Ordinary Britain: Guided walking tour
About the event
In March 1946, as the country reeled in the aftermath of World War II, British scientists set out on an extraordinary mission – to interview the parents of all babies born in a single week. Little did they know that they would continue to follow those babies throughout their entire lives, inspiring a 70-year tradition of tracking generations of British people from birth to death.
The UK’s longitudinal studies have collected information on every aspect of their participants’ lives – from their family, to education and employment, health and how they age. The studies have been credited with discoveries ranging from the negative effects of smoking during pregnancy, to the effect of poverty on child development.
CLOSER, in collaboration with London Walks, is pleased to offer this guided walking tour as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Festival of Social Science. The walk will be led by experienced Blue Badge Guide Kim Dewdney and will cover the Bloomsbury area, highlighting the history and findings of the UK's longitudinal studies, stories from the lives of the people involved, and how these remarkable studies have shaped and been shaped by modern British history.
Cost and registration
This tour is free but is strictly limited to 30 people. Registration is required.
Meeting point and other requirements
Please arrive outside the University College Hospital Exit (on the southeast corner of Euston Road and Gower Street) of Euston Square Underground Station 10 minutes early as the tour will depart promptly at 12:30pm.
Those joining the walk must be able to walk and stand for the full 90 minutes. There will be no breaks or opportunities to sit down during the walk.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jennie Blows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff at the ESRC and CLOSER partner institutions
This event is intended for members of the public only. As we are strictly limited on numbers, we ask that staff at our partner organisations please leave these places for the general public.
We will consider running the walk again if there is sufficient demand from staff. If you are a member of staff at the ESRC or a CLOSER partner institution, please write to Jennie Blows at email@example.com to register your interest in attending the walk at a future date.