This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £54 / Conc. £40
Through short talks and research exercises inspired by original pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera held in our Special Collections and Archives, we'll look at this history of housing in London.
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 finding solutions to, or seeking to understand, the back story to London’s current housing crisis
- Informal learners seeking an accessible overview of the history of housing from the 1870s to the 1960s
- Informal learners with an interest in London’s social history from the 1870s to the 1960s
This evening course is adapted from our previous one-day “A Short History of Housing” course. Students who attended one of these Saturday courses will already be familiar with the course content. Join one of our other Short History courses here.
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.
Will I be assessed?
There is no formal assessment for courses at Bishopsgate Institute. However, to monitor your learning and progress, tutors will assess your participation in classroom activities.
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- Information on private and public sector housing initiatives from published and unpublished sources produced during the period studied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
- About changing attitudes to the provision of housing in London, from model dwellings to high-rise accommodation
- About 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 (1860s-1900s)
We explore a range of schemes aimed at solving London’s housing problems, including lodging houses, model dwellings, and a "tramp's hotel".
The Housing Lottery (1880s-1930s)
We examine alternative approaches to house and home, including key flats, council flats, and the practice of living-in.
Rebuilding the City (1940s-1960s)
We discover changing norms and ideals in the housing sector, from the London Plan to the high-rise boom.
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- 19:00 - 21:00
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- Dr Michelle Johansen
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