This course will take place online.
This thought-provoking online course examines the social history of housing in London through short talks and research exercises inspired by original pamphlets, photographs, first-person testimony, and ephemera held in 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
Will I need any equipment or materials?
This course will be held via Zoom. You need a computer/laptop or mobile phone to access the Zoom website, and a reliable internet connection. For further information on how to join a Zoom meeting, you can watch the joining video here.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- information on private and public sector housing initiatives from published and unpublished sources produced during the period studied
- 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 classed experiences of tenants and homeowners 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 Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
Dwellings of the Poor (1850s-1900s) – we explore schemes aimed at solving London’s nineteenth- century housing problems, particularly those aimed at the labouring classes.
Living on the Margins (1850s-1970s) – we look at the experiences of those experiencing housing insecurity, including life in London’s lodging houses and hostels.
The Housing Lottery (1910s-1930s) – we unpick the connections between social class and living conditions in the interwar city, contrasting slum housing with high-end rental apartments.
Ideals and Alternatives (1880s-1970s) – we examine alternative approaches to house and home, including the practice of living-in, new town developments, and the emergence of squatting.
Rebuilding the City (1920s-1970s) – we discover changing norms and ideals in the public housing sector, from the London Plan to the high-rise boom.
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- 19:00 - 20:30
- £67/50 conc.
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