Women, the War and the Rent Strikes


Walking Tour

Corner of Duke Street & John Knox Street  G4 0UU

In the centenary year of the Glasgow Rent Strike, this walk marks Glasgows massive surge in radicalism during the First World War. With women to the fore, suffragettes, peace campaigners, rent strikers and industrial workers united in struggle.

You will walk from the east to the west fringes of Glasgow city centre, visiting sites where many strands of radical activism came together to challenge the vicissitudes of war, led by such outstanding women as Mary Barbour and Helen Crawfurd.

Starting at the Happy Land down in Duke Street Jail, you will see where suffragettes and anti-war protesters were imprisoned. Moving on through the George Square site of the 1919 mass strike protest, youll go to the scene of the great Rent Strike victory of 1915 led by Mary Barbour; then to the site of the suppressed socialist newspaper, Forward. A pause at the Clyde Street memorial to the Spanish Civil War heroine La Pasionaria, then to the Bath Street recruitment offices, where John MacLean spoke and Helen Crawfurd smashed windows! Finally, to a popular venue where strikers faced down Lloyd George, suffragettes were attacked and the socialist Orpheus Choir sang.

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: In both walks you are offered penetrating illustrations of Glasgows Industrial Heritage, and the pioneering role of the workers who built it.

Number in Brochure: 126


Tour Times

Sat 11am; 2 hours

Advanced Booking Essential

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.

Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.

Spaces are limited per person.

Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.

If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.


Restrictions on Access: No age limit. But must frequently keep pace with pedestrian traffic and road crossings. Robust footwear recommended.

No Disabled Access


Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): High Street

Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply



Scottish Labour History Society & Glasgow Friends of May Day

0141 423 2952

[email protected]





Women, the War and the Rent Strikes

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Women, the War and the Rent Strikes
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