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To mark Refugee Week 2021, we invite you to follow the trail of the 1930s refugees from Nazi Europe around Bloomsbury, a magnet for the new arrivals on account of its cheap boarding houses and Bohemian reputation. Find out how support for refugees was coordinated from Bloomsbury, how exiles contributed to Britain’s anti-Nazi propaganda war, and how activists plotting the Nazis’ downfall were spied on by MI5 agents. The walk brings to life work by the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies and is illustrated by voices and images from the IMLR’s exile archives.

Join a walking tour led by Clare George (Miller Archivist/Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR). The walk is mainly level and accessible, though not step-free, and will be conducted at a relaxed pace suited to participants' needs. Please check weather conditions on the day. 

Capacity is limited to 10 per walk, and advance online booking is essential (scroll to the foot of the page for the booking link). Booking closes 16 June 2021.

Alternatively, you can follow a self-guided audio walk created for the 2020 Being Human Festival (see below). 


This audio walk was created for the 2020 Being Human Festival, the UK's only national festival of the humanities, taking place from 12 to 22 November 2020. The festival is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.