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Home Makers: go for a walk with sounds made by migrant domestic workers

Holland Park in London featuring flowers, shrubs and a statue. Photograph by Chris Dorney

Home Maker Sounds is a collection of soundwalks recorded and co-edited with migrant domestic workers in the UK and Lebanon. The soundwalks aim to amplify the voices of often silenced or mis-represented women, who labour and live ‘behind closed doors’. On this walk in Holland Park, you’ll hear from soundwalk maker Ann, who remembers the park as the place she decided to escape from abusive employers; as well as fellow domestic workers sharing experiences of activism and workers’ rights. Recorded in places that are meaningful to migrant workers, the soundwalks will be introduced by facilitator Ella Parry-Davies and followed by a discussion with her and the wider group.


  • Dr Ella Parry-Davies, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
  • Ann, Soundwalk maker and migrant domestic worker
  • Helen, Soundwalk maker and migrant domestic worker
  • Yvette, Migrant domestic worker and campaigner

Ella Parry-Davies is a recipient of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 2018. She contributed to the evidence base for the British Academy’s COVID-19 and Society reports, which are part of an independent review prepared for the Government Office for Science to address the question: What are the long-term societal impacts of COVID-19?

Free, booking required via link.

This short soundwalk in Holland Park (13 minutes) includes a map and a soundtrack that you can listen to through headphones while you do the walk. A smartphone, headphones and internet connection are needed take part. If you need to borrow a device and headphones to take part in this walk, you can request this at the booking stage. Details about how to join the group will be sent to you in a confirmation email. Holland Park has flat paths and nearby High Street Kensington station has step-free access. A transcript of the soundwalk will be available. If you have any questions about this event please email [email protected].



Ella Parry-Davies

Ella Parry-Davies

This event has happened

2021-06-19 14:00
2021-06-19 14:00

Hosted by: The British Academy
Holland Park, Ilchester Place, London, UK


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Walking with migrant domestic workers

Ella Parry-Davies is the facilitator of Home Makers, a collection of sound walks recorded and co-edited with migrant domestic workers in the UK and Lebanon, and designed to be listened to in sites of significance to them.

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Home Maker Sounds

‘Home Maker Sounds’ is a collection of soundwalks recorded and co-edited with migrant domestic workers in the UK and Lebanon. Each soundwalk can be listened to following simple prompts, or in the location where it was recorded, chosen by each speaker for its personal significance. The experiences you will hear about range from delivering supplies

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dauner, daunder

A Scottish version of a walk that drifts.

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