This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £16 / Conc. £12
This short course uses guidebooks, illustrations, and ephemera from our special collections to evoke the sights and sounds of a ground-breaking West End event and its extraordinary legacy in the south London suburbs. From the flip-flap to the big wheel, we’ll also explore exhibition cultures at vast new sites of leisure, including Earls Court and the White City, from the late nineteenth century.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in:
- The origins of the Crystal Palace exhibition in Hyde Park and south London
- The development of the London suburbs
- The history of leisure and tourism in the nineteenth century
- Social history through original historical source materials.
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.
Image: Frederick Dadswell Collection
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- Richly-detailed information about how it felt to visit the Great Exhibition in 1851
- How and why the exhibition building moved south of the river, and what this meant for the Sydenham region of south London from the 1850s
- Evocative insight into the lively exhibition cultures that emerged out of the Great Exhibition
- About the role of the Crystal Palace in London’s development as a global 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 Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.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 – 13:30
- £16/£12 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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