The Hecklers

Hecklers steal a slice of the limelight and challenge the speakers’ presumed authority. Described as “snipers,” “quality control,” “discussants,” “destabilisers” and “enquirers,” they enliven the atmosphere. Their heckles come in all shapes and sizes: insightful questions that raise the level of debate, cutting one-liners, hackneyed ‘mother-in-law’ jokes, or simply bellowing until the speaker gives up.

Audio clips about the hecklers

“Hosting snipers”

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“Anger management”

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“Like the British Kitemark”

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“Mary and Lord Barker”

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“Certainly a very big mistake”

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“I tended to like hecklers”

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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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