This course will take place in person.
We will discuss how imaginative fiction and historical fact intertwine to create local legend. On this course, teaching will be by lecture and group discussion. All reading extracts will be sent out in advance.
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.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
You will learn
- The key authors and works associated with the East End
- How works of fiction have contributed to the image of the East End over time
- The social and economic historical background to each work of fiction.
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?
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- 10:00 - 16:00
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- Sarah Wise
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