This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £16 / Conc. £12
London in the summer means many things.... Paddle-boat excursions and Bank Holiday fairs. Deck chairs in Green Park. Uncomfortably hot underground carriages. Riverside pubs and roof gardens. The session includes illustrated talks and group discussions inspired by original sources from our Special Collections and Archives, including Victorian guidebooks, Edwardian pamphlets, interwar ephemera, and post-war photographs.
Who is this course for?
- Anyone curious to find out about less well-known aspects of London’s history since 1800
- Informal learners seeking an accessible introduction to how people in the city have historically passed their time in the summer
- Anybody who can’t wait for warmer weather to arrive.
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.
Image: Derek Brook Archive
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- How Londoners from all social classes occupied themselves during the warmer months of the year
- What the city looked like during summer from the 1800s to the 1960s
- Unique seasonal stories and events from our Special Collections and Archives.
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 Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.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 - 13:30
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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