This course will take place in person.
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.
Among the phenomena Booth investigated are: working-class political movements, women’s lives and economic status, religious/spiritual belief, late-Victorian immigrant experiences of the city, children and schools, the various trades of London.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in the social history of London.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
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You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to:
- Explain the basic concepts in Booth’s work
- Identify the dominant socio-economic structure of late nineteenth century London
- Define the various political strands of thought current at the time
- Recognise the characteristics of various individual London localities
- Pursue further reading on these subjects, with a detailed bibliography/secondary reading list.
Meet the Tutor
Sarah Wise teaches 19th-century social history and literature to undergraduates and adult learners, and is visiting professor at the University of California’s London Study Center. Sarah’s debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction. It was the inspiration for Sky’s The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Her follow-up, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum, was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, and was the basis for the BBC’s series The Victorian Slum.
Her most recent book, Inconvenient People, was shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Prize. Her TV work includes providing background material for BBC1’s Secret History of Our Streets, and BBC2’s The Victorian Slum, and she has twice been the history expert on Who Do You Think You Are?
Place: the "Old Nichol" district in Shoreditch
Theme: Introduction to Charles Booth and his work, and the "Map Indicative of Poverty"
Themes: the textiles and footwear industries of the West End; and the increasing division between East and West London
Themes: the religious and spiritual life of the poor;
the "common lodging house" phenomenon; and
the lives of Jewish immigrants to London
Place: Lisson Grove
Themes: schools, the lives of children; and Booth’s team of investigators – who were they?
Place: the Docks, including Limehouse, Shadwell, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.
Themes: the politicisation of the poor / trades unions
Place: Covent Garden
Themes: unemployment and how to end it; what happened next? The "Liberal Reforms", 1906 to 1914. And Booth’s survey revisited (in 1930)
Need to Know
- 18:30 - 20:30
- £106/£79 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Sarah Wise
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