The Place

Each generation puts its own emphases on Speaker’s Corner; each visitor sees it afresh: as a place where grownups misbehave, a free university, an old time variety show, a political forum, an open-air lunatic asylum, a bout of bare-knuckle boxing, a market place of ideas, a fellowship of controversy, an international forum, a game of chess. All are struck by the intensity and eccentricity of face-to-face debate between people of all walks of life who could never meet anywhere else.

Audio clips about the place

“Don’t generalise”

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“It is unique”

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“Misbehaving”

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“Marketplace of ideas”

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“An international forum”

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“A game of chess”

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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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© Chris Kennett

Exhibition

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

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© Philip Wolmuth

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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