This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £67 / Conc. £50
Join us online for a mixture of illustrated talks and small-group discussions inspired by original nineteenth-century materials held in our Special Collections and Archives. Topics covered include grassroots activism, exhibition cultures, poverty, public libraries, and social mobility.
Who is this course for?
- Anyone curious to understand how Victorian social and political reforms continue to influence our lives today
- Informal learners keen to discover fresh or unusual stories about London in the nineteenth century
- Informal learners seeking an accessible, engaging and informative overview of life in Victorian London
- Anyone interested in untold histories or "history from below".
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.
Are there any follow-on courses I can take?
We'll be exploring similar themes in A Short History of Twentieth-Century London, which is available to book.
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: London Collection
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- The key political and social changes that took place across the nineteenth century, many of which still exert a powerful influence today
- About the less well-known characters and incidents in the Victorian city
- The links between London and the wider world, and how these links have shaped the city
- How men and women from different classes and backgrounds experienced life in Victorian London.
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.
Demonstrations, poverty, and power in early Victorian London
Crystal Palace 1854
Exhibition cultures, crowds, and leisure in the Victorian city
Hyde Park 1866
The mid-Victorian period. Fire, ice, and metal.
Immigration, poverty, protest and "monster" funerals in the late-Victorian metropolis
Self-education, upward mobility, and public libraries in Victorian London
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 20:30
- £67/£50 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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