The Speakers

The speakers declaim to crowds of hundreds or talk intently with small groups. They are mostly, but not only, men, with firm ideas about their territory. Stepladders, milk crates, or beautifully crafted wooden boxes raise them up. “Fisherman’s Friends” and oranges soothe their throats. Some have a serious message; others set out to entertain, but every orator needs jokes or controversy to draw a crowd into their orbit. Many embellish their platforms with banners and placards, ranging from the self-deprecating: “Tony Allen; advocate heckler, anarchist parasite, mixed ability shaman,” to the sincere: “Heavenly flight paths, Christ’s embassy.”

Audio clips about the speakers

“Fight or flight”

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“You can’t come with a script”

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“The ‘Open Platform’”

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“Anti dependence”

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“Google doesn’t have the answers"

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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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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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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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