In a world of inequality such as ours it is important not just to remember but to celebrate those who have sought to make life more bearable for the disadvantaged and needy. London offers many examples of ventures, past and present, which have done just that. From large organisations to ventures beginning with just one person being available for others, the stories tell us that no effort is too small, and inspire us to engage with mankind’s problems.
To date, I have two tours exploring philanthropic ventures in London, with a third to come in the New Year:
The Battle for Bethnal Green – like many settlements in the nineteenth century, this East End parish had to struggle with the many problems caused by urban living after being absorbed by the growing metropolis of London.
A Helping Hand – this tour visits sites connected with City-based philanthropy and uncovers some surprising helping hands.
Picture of Queen Adelaide’s Dispensary © 2015 Ana Figueiredo