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Tours through Time
We have four brand new Archive Tours available to book this term.
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Bishopsgate Institute has been collecting books, maps, photographs and other material about London since opening in 1895 and is now a must visit for anyone interested in the history of the Metropolis. Join this tour to hear about celebrity detectives, gangsters, how to track a Victorian business and what happened to a rowdy group of builders drinking on top of a tall building in 1806.
Labour, Co-op and Socialist Collections
Why did the Institute lock away one book in the 1920s fearing it would cause world revolution? Find out this and much more in a tour of its extensive collections documenting the history of socialism, the labour movement and co-operation. ‘Divi’ numbers may be required!
Protest and Campaign Collections
Did you know Bishopsgate Institute holds the archives of the two biggest demonstrations in British history? This tour will introduce you to numerous campaigners and organisations whose collections we hold, from radicals of the 1790s to placards from the London Women’s March in 2017.
What’s in those Vicar’s scrapbooks and how many lesbian pulp fiction novels could one library hold? Bishopsgate Institute is a treasure trove of LGBTQ history with archives, cuttings, badges and banners, even a wizard’s costume and by the end of this tour, you’ll know all about them.
For page or stage
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Over the 6 sessions, aspiring playwriters will discover how to structure narrative, create characters and craft dialogue, giving you the tools needed to shape the first draft of a play. This course will include a workshop with professional actors in order to understand the writer’sqq collaborative role in creating work for performance.
Through practical writing exercises, visualisations and storytelling, you will tap into your own stories as a rich resource for fiction and non‑fiction writing. You will experiment with various writing techniques and focus on different aspects of the writer’s craft in a safe and non-judgemental environment. No experience is necessary.
Creative Writing - Life Writing.
Life Writing is a creative writing programme that explores autobiographical writing, memoir, personal essays, creative non-fiction, biographical writing, family histories and other types of writing that draw on life. Students will both generate original creative ideas for writing and develop craft and technique – using a range of published texts, individual writing exercises and group workshops.
Interested in untold stories? This new course introduces forgotten women from our archives through original ‘hirstorical’ materials, such as Victorian pamphlets, First World War letters and 1960s activist ephemera. Our subjects include a teacher, a model, an office worker, a politician, a pacifist and a housewife. Guided research sessions provide ‘hands-on’ access to items that document women’s collective experiences from the 1880s to the 1980s, whether in campaigning groups or social clubs. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
Workers of the World Unite
To mark international workers’ day, we are offering a one-day immersive introduction to the history of the Labour movement in Britain since the 1890s. This practical, friendly course combines an in-depth tour of our special collections with expert classroom tuition and a rare opportunity to explore curated sets of historic materials documenting over one hundred years of the labour and trade union movements. Structured research activities, using minute books, pamphlets, campaigning literature and more, help you develop your independent research skills – and begin to discover what separates ‘old’ from ‘new’ Labour.
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Ancora Espresso Italiano
Designed for early risers who want to move on and improve their italian? Perhaps you’ve previously completed our Espresso Italiano course? Or feel that an Italian Level 2: Module A course is right for you? Then come and join us for a cup of coffee and this early morning Italian class.
From ‘Breathless’ to ‘Boyhood’
Film Studies: The French New Wave
Explore how la nouvelle vague revolutionised cinema in the ‘50s influencing filmmakers to this day, remaining the epitome of cool. You will learn about the key films, practitioners and stylistic qualities of the French New Wave, and consider its impact on subsequent film-making. Film extracts will include The 400 Blows, Breathless, Cléo from 5 to 7, Band of Outsiders, The Cousins and Last Year at Marienbad.
Film Studies: Great Films of the 21st Century
The 21st century has seen changes to both the way films are made and viewed. A recent BBC poll of worldwide film critics voted Mulholland Drive, In the Mood for Love, There Will Be Blood, Spirited Away, and Boyhood as the top 5 greatest films made in this decade. In this course, you will view extracts of these films in class and learn about the creators, production and reception, and consider what makes a ‘great film’.
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