Five fascinating weeks. Five everyday themes that matter in all our lives.
Join us to discover the experiences of Victorian Londoners through hands-on access to hundreds of original letters, pamphlets, handbills, guidebooks, press cuttings and illustrations. The subjects covered in this enjoyable introduction to nineteenth-century social history will be work, leisure, consumption, politics and home.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in history.
How will the course be taught?
Through the handling, examining and reading of archive materials, along with tutor presentations and group discussions.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Michelle Johansen
Dr Michelle Johansen is a social historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century London based at Bishopsgate Institute. Michelle has extensive experience of delivering engaging archive learning sessions for a range of audiences, from primary school pupils to university students to adult learners. She has a particular interest in ‘hidden histories’ and enjoys bringing forgotten or neglected metropolitan individuals and incidents back to life. Michelle’s publications include articles in Teaching History and the London Journal.
Founded in 1977 by Bette Bourne, the cabaret and drag troupe Bloolips performed in the UK and internationally for over 25 years, in shows such as Lust in Space, Gland Motel, Sticky Buns and Slung Back and Strapless, winning several awards along the way. The collection includes photographs, posters, publicity materials and press reviews of these anarchic maestros of camp.