Sounds from the Park: A Celebration of Speakers’ Corner History

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Speakers' Corner, September 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Doris the singing heckler, 1968 © Chris Kennett

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Ruth Eastwood, lifelong heckler, 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Speakers' Corner, 1964 © Anthony Gomm

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Roy Sawh, speaker on racism and immigration (1959-89), 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Jacobus Van Dyn, the tattoed speaker, 1959 © Peter Turner

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Bob Rogers with his sign, 'It's Going to Get Worse', 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Tony Allen, 'Advocate Heckler', 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Tony Allen, 'Advocate Heckler', 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

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Speakers' Corner, 1968 © Chris Kennett

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An exhibition that has been a year in the making, by On the Record and the Bishopsgate Institute, about the history of Speakers' Corner, London's famous soapbox that has been a feature of Hyde Park for almost 150 years. Alongside new and archive photos, 'Sounds from the Park' features oral history interviews and on the ground recordings of debates and heckling. There are MP3 players at the library desk for visitors who want the soundtrack to the exhibition and haven't downloaded it from the website or can't stream it on their mobile (available during library opening hours).

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