This free online event is taking place via Zoom.
The Kenwood Ladies' Pond Association (KLPA) represents the community of women who swim in the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath. The Pond is a natural environment of beauty and tranquility, and has been enjoyed by women and girls for more than 100 years. Its unique qualities are reflected in the community of swimmers who find both joy and peace in this woman-only space.
Over the years the pond community has come under attack, with warnings against cold water swimming, threats of closure, dam building, and vandalism. The most recent challenge has been the City of London’s decision to enforce and increase admission fees, reducing access to this safe place for many women who depend on it for their physical and mental wellbeing.
The KLPA's archive documents the pleasures and struggles of the swimming community, dating back to the early 20th century, with photos, films, paintings, artefacts, newsletters, press cuttings, and documents.
Bishopsgate Institute and the KLPA are delighted to be officially launching this archive by sharing a selection of images and short history of the Pond, as well as contributions from swimmers who’ve enjoyed the pond and defended the community. The evening will end with a Q&A with the attendees, where you can pose your questions about the Pond and history of the KLPA.
You can find out more about the KLPA here: klpa.uk/
Meet our hosts
The Kenwood Ladies’ Pond Association
The Kenwood Ladies’ Pond Association (KLPA) is a voluntary organisation of women who care about the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath.
Need to Know
- 18:30 - 19:30
- Bishopsgate Institute