This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £16 / Conc. £12
The course is inspired by original pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera found in our special collections. The focus is on everyday experiences of house and home through the ages. Topics covered include Victorian living conditions, interwar slum clearances, and post-war council housing.
Who is this course for?
- Those seeking an accessible overview of the history of housing from the 1870s to the 1960s
- Anyone with an interest in the history that led to London’s current housing crisis
- Everyone with an interest in London’s 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.
A pen and paper, or computer, will be needed to take notes and participate in group activities.
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- Learnt information on private and public sector housing initiatives from published and unpublished sources produced during the period studied
- Heard 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
- Details regarding 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 Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
Need to Know
- 11:00 – 13:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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