This course will take place in person.
This thought-provoking course examines the social history of housing in London through short talks and immersive research exercises using curated sets of original materials from our special collections. The focus is on everyday experiences of house and home. Topics covered include Victorian living conditions, interwar slum clearances, and post-war council housing.
Who is this course for?
- Anyone with an interest in the ‘back story’ of London’s current housing crisis
- Anyone keen to approach the subject through original historical sources, including pamphlets, journal articles, and photographs
- Informal learners seeking an accessible overview of housing history from the 1850s to the 1970s
- Informal learners with a general interest in London’s nineteenth and twentieth-century social history
It was brilliant, especially the tutor, for her knowledge of the subject and ability to include everyone in discussions.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
The session involves research activities using original sources. Please bring reading glasses if you wear them.
This course will be taught through the handling, examination and reading of archive materials, along with tutor presentations and group discussions.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
How we’re keeping you safe
Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. In line with Government guidelines you must wear a face covering at all times when visiting our building, unless you are exempt. We have installed perspex screening at our reception desks to protect our staff.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
For our in-person courses you will need to take a lateral flow test before coming to the Institute, and only come into the building if you have a negative result.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
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You will learn
- Information on private and public sector housing initiatives from original historical pamphlets, photographs, books, and ephemera
- Unique stories of house and home, taken from our special collections and archives
- Insight into changing attitudes to the provision of housing in London, from model dwellings to high-rise accommodation
- The contrasting needs and experiences of landlords and tenants in the modern city.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Michelle Johansen
Dr Michelle Johansen is a social historian specialising in the history of modern London, with a particular emphasis on social class and mobility, gender, professional lives, and regional identities. Her publications include articles in Teaching History, the London Journal, and Cultural and Social History. Michelle has more than ten years' experience of delivering learning sessions at Bishopsgate Institute for all types of learners, from primary school pupils to undergraduates to informal adult learners. Her teaching approach places the emphasis on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
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- 12:00 - 17:00
- £50.00 / £38.00 conc.
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