View of St Thomas’ Hospital across the river
St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth © Historic England CC41/00046
St Thomas’ Hospital, Lambeth © Historic England CC41/00046

Introduction to the Visible in Stone Project

You can discover exciting surprises by tracing themes such as Women's Rights, Women and Public Freedom, and Housing through listed buildings and other historic properties.

"Architecture can offer spaces in which memories are born, remembered and re-enacted"

Taka 'The Lives of Spaces', RIBA, 2010

From the mid-1850s, groups of women across the country, angry at the lack of rights, mobilised to organise political protests. Gradually the Women's Movement for social, economic and political freedom began.

Women's journey to equality from 1850 onwards meant creating their own alternative network of institutions. By borrowing, renting, buying, and eventually building their own premises, women started to gain control over their lives.

A century later, women had the vote, they were MPs, had joined the professions, and were in demand in the post-war labour market. But there was still a long way to go.

A number of buildings chart women's history; claiming space, demanding recognition, and pursuing freedom.

The buildings featured here are a monument to women who had the tenacity and courage to argue for and capture their vision for our future.

Visible in Stone - Introduction

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