Adam Buick

Adam Buick participated in Speaker’s Corner as a member of the Socialist Party of Great Britain (SPGB). Before enrolling at Oxford University, Adam joined the SPGB in 1962. He started making regular trips to London to promote socialism in Hyde Park, as well as other open air speaking places like Tower Hill and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. When he joined the party its main recruitment activity was open air oratory, though this was soon to change. Adam provides a detailed account of the shifting relationship between politics and religion from the 1960s to the 1990s. By the 1990s, he says, the general public’s attitude was “Ah! Socialism’s been tried and failed,” it was “a dirty word.” However, Americans were surprised to hear that socialism had once been a success among indigenous people. He says female orators had a tougher time because people attacked their appearance as well as their message.

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“Man on the Clapham omnibus”

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“We don’t mind tourists"

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Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park, London.

About the project

Sounds from the Park is a unique oral and visual history of Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park: the UK’s last great open air oratory site.

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Exhibition

Our exhibition can be seen online here or read our booklet about Speakers' Corner.

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Radio show

Our radio show can be listened to here.

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Young man talking at Speakers' Corner, 2013 © Sophie Polyviou

Education resources

History and Citizenship resources for Key Stage 3 and 4. Complete with a timeline of events at Speakers' Corner and other resources.

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