This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £67 / Conc. £50
Five thought-provoking weeks. Five exciting periods in London’s modern history. Learn about London in the twentieth century through illustrated lectures and short, small-group discussions. The sessions are inspired by original historical sources from our special collections, including campaigning ephemera, photographs, letters, scrapbooks and diaries.
Who is this course for?
The course is suitable for all learners. We especially welcome anybody who is:
- Curious to explore the experiences of Londoners from different classes and backgrounds in the twentieth-century
- Seeking an accessible, engaging introduction to the social history of twentieth-century London
- Keen to find out about less well-known people and incidents of the time.
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.
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.
Image: Derek Brook Archive
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will:
- Have seen the city through new eyes, with a new understanding of its history and the people who lived there
- Know how London history interacts with wider social and political histories
- Have learnt human stories of struggle, success, and self-realisation during a period of rapid urban change.
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 Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
Edwardian London (1900s - 1910s)
Through press cuttings, journal articles, and photographs, we revisit daily life in London at the turn of the twentieth century.
London at War (1910s - 1920s)
We will use one family’s archive to understand the impact of World War I on the private and working lives of "ordinary" men and women.
Interwar London (1920s - 1930s)
Using photographs, pamphlets, and scrapbooks, we will explore leisure, politics, housing, and work between the wars.
Austerity London (1940s - 1950s)
Taking inspiration from tourist guides, pamphlets, and memoirs, we look at daily life in the mid-twentieth century city.
Swinging London (1960s -1970s)
We use photographs, magazines, and campaigning ephemera to revisit counter-cultural attitudes in 1960s London.
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 20:30
- Full £67 / Conc. £50
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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