This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £67 / Conc. £50
Join us online for a course of illustrated talks, research exercises, and small-group discussions. This course has been inspired by the original nineteenth-century materials from our special collections. 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
- Everyone 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.
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:
- An understanding of the key political and social changes that took place across the nineteenth century, many of which still hold a powerful influence today
- An introduction to less well-known characters and incidents in the Victorian city
- A greater awareness of the links between London and the wider world, and how these links have shaped the city
- An insight into 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
Work, trade unions, and political reform in the mid-Victorian period
Poverty, charity, and immigration in late-Victorian London
Self-education, upward mobility, and public libraries in Victorian London
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 20:30
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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