This course explores Charles Booth’s landmark survey, Life & Labour of the People in London (1889-1903), which is available to read in the Bishopsgate Institute Library.
Booth investigated working-class political movements, women’s lives, religious beliefs, immigrant experiences, children, schools and trades. Using Booth’s Poverty Map, we’ll examine London neighbourhoods using historical photos, sketches and eyewitness accounts.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in the social history of London.
Meet the Tutor
Sarah is an award-winning writer and historian. She teaches 19thcentury social history and literature at the University of California’s London Outreach Center.
Her TV work includes BBC1’s Secret History of Our Streets, BBC2’s The Victorian Slum and has twice been the history expert for ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Her books include Inconvenient People, shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize; The Italian Boy, shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and awarded the Crime Writers’ Association Golden Dagger; and The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum, shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize.
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- 19:00 - 20:30
- Full £89 / Conc. £67
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Sarah Wise
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