Salter Lecture: Red Flag over Bermondsey

Ian Kirk-Smith reviews the Salter Lecture

Lynn Morris as Ada Salter. | Photo: Trish Carn.

Ada Salter was a pioneer of ethical socialism and an important figure in the story of radical politics in early twentieth century Britain.

While familiar to many Quakers, she is not widely recognised outside the Religious Society of Friends. Most people do not know that she was only the fifteenth woman in London to be honoured (among hundreds of men) with a statue. It was the first public statue in the city of a woman trade unionist, the first of a female environmentalist, the first of a Quaker woman, and the first of a woman politician. She was also the first female mayor in London.

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