This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £79 / Conc. £59
East London is one of the most vibrant areas of our multicultural capital city. Over hundreds of years, the East End has been a magnet for immigrants seeking freedom, safety, and prosperity. But it’s also been a site where extreme poverty and wealth have rubbed up against each other very uneasily, and a focal point for anti-immigrant movements.
At key moments in the twentieth century, the East End has been a venue for dramatic clashes of ideas, provocative marches, and tension on the streets, especially in the 1900s, 1930s, and 1970s. This course explores the East End’s chequered history.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone interested in the history of racism and fascism in London, the history of the main ethnic communities of the East End, and the wider social history of the East End in the twentieth century.
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.
You will need a computer or other device to connect with Zoom and a notebook/paper and pen/pencil, or digital equivalent.
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: London History Workshop Archive
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- How different communities were received by the existing population of the East End in the early 20th century
- The names of movements battling for and against immigrant communities
- The nature of self-organisation within the communities under attack
- About the legacy of the East End and its communities today
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.
- Background information about the East End towards the end of the nineteenth century
- The emergence of hostility towards immigrants from different sources
- Tensions in the 1910s and 1920s
- The emergence of the British Union of Fascists, and why they turned their activities towards the East End
- Conflicts and clashes between 1934-37, including the Battle of Cable Street
- Racist and fascist flashpoints from 1945-1970
- New communities under attack
- From the Battle of Brick Lane to the 1990s
- The legacy for the East End today
Need to Know
- 19:00 - 21:00
- £79.00/ £59.00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- David Rosenberg
- Max Students
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