This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £111 / Conc. £83
London has a vibrant radical history in which people and movements have made challenges to the status quo, protested and rebelled in the workplace, organised in local communities and at its centres of power. This course will highlight the lives of more than 20 individual radical thinkers, writers, and activists in London from 1750 – 1950 who led, inspired, or participated in movements for democracy, equality, freedom, and social justice. In each session we will learn about 3 – 5 of these radicals.
Explore more radical thinkers in our Labour and Socialist History archives.
Who is this course for?
This course is for any one interested in knowing more about London’s social history and about the radical political ideas that developed and spread in this period of time.
Do I need any previous skills or knowledge?
None necessary, just enthusiasm to learn about the subject.
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: Labour History Collection
You will learn
By the end of the course, you will have learnt:
- The names and backgrounds of radicals based on London
- What their individual contribution was
- How they influenced and inspired others
- What they achieved individually and collectively.
Meet the Tutor
David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide on London’s social and political history who has been teaching adult education courses over several years at the Bishopsgate Institute as well as the City Lit, and Conway Hall.
He is the author of Battle for the East End (2011), and Rebel Footprints (2nd ed 2019), and has written articles on London’s social history and current affairs for various print and online publications, including the Guardian, New Statesman, Time Out, Jewish Quarterly, and Channel 4’s History website.
In the 1980s he worked for projects and organisations concerned with race equality, including the Runnymede Trust.
Fighters for democracy
Writers and pamphleteers
Overcoming the odds
The union makes us strong
Outlaws, pacifists, and refuseniks
Defenders and unifiers of community
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- £111.00/ £83.00 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- David Rosenberg
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