We will be launching the 2021 programme at 12pm on 11 August 2021
Sculpture Wars Guided Walk
St James Park LU Station (Petty France Exit)
St James Park LU Station to Trafalgar Square, SW1H 0BD
Nearest tube: st. james's park
Nearest train: Victoria
Bus routes: 148, 24, 11
A two-hour guided walk focusing on the great debate currently surrounding statues and monuments. The route will highlight some of the more contentious sculptures in Westminster's corridors of power.
Saturday 4th September
Sculpture Wars tour
10.30am to 12.30pm
Not suitable for younger children.
Guided London Walk
London’s Monumental Bust-Ups
‘Sculpture Wars’ was created by qualified Westminster Guides, David Harry and Frank Molloy.
A guided London walk focusing on the great debate currently surrounding statues and monuments, a topic that has recently divided opinion in politics, in the media, and in the country at large.
It highlights some of the more contentious sculptures in London’s corridors of power, including those of Winston Churchill, Lord Nelson, and the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
The walk examines the meaning and validity of such memorials in public spaces, as well as discussing their artistic merit, often a subject for debate in itself. It also aims to show how controversy over iconic symbolism is not just a recent phenomenon.
In addition, the walk takes in some of the capital's most historic buildings such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.
Harry said: “Some argue that today’s statue wars are a reflection of modern identity politics but in truth, controversy over statues is nothing new. Indeed, battle lines can stretch back centuries.”
Molloy added: “Participants will of course form their own opinions, but whatever your position, we hope to put the debate into some context, and at the very least, offer a fascinating and enjoyable stroll through the heart of London.”