This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £95 / Conc. £71
Featuring real and fascinating characters, the course will not only bring the past to life, but show how it can inspire and help us today.
Who is this course for?
Anyone interested in London History, the East End, women and work, feminism, the Labour party, community activism, union and how marginalised groups unite to fight for change. You don’t need any prior expertise, just an interest in the subjects covered.
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.
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You will learn
By the end of this course, you will have learnt:
- How the East End got its name and unique character
- How women workers suffered from new Victorian ideas about a "woman’s place"
- How they resisted this "domestic ideology" and developed a sense of pride in themselves as workers
- How the modern union movement and Labour Party all developed from the action of East End "matchwomen"
- How that spirit moved forward into suffrage and anti-fascism.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Louise Raw
Dr Louise Raw is a historian, author and guest history contributor on BBC Radio London.
Her fascination with the Bryant & May Matchwomen’s real, untold story led to 20 years’ research and the book "Striking a Light", plus an annual Matchwomen’s Festival in Bow.
She has appeared on Radio 4, and in various "history telly", from Who Do You Think You Are to The Victorian Slum.
- What did Victorians outside East London mean by the term they invented, "East Ender"?
- How did they feel about it; and how did they "revalorise" their identity and develop community pride and a sense of unity?
Girlhood, Womanhood, and Work in the East End
It Takes a Community
- The lives of Victorian Matchwomen and Dockers
Protest and Survive!
- Eastenders were portrayed by middle class commentators as politically uneducated or uninterested; but were in fact passionate and creative activists
It Just Went Like Tinder
- The Matchwomen’s and Dockers’ strikes of 1888 and 1889, and why they still matter
- How the Matchwomen’s and Dockers’s strikes changed things for working people, and how this spirit of resistance fed into the East End suffrage and anti fascist movements
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 21:00
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Louise Raw
- Max Students
- No. of Sessions
- Course Code