This course will take place online, for a reduced rate of Full £67 / Conc. £50
We will examine the subject through illustrated talks showcasing original historical sources from our Special Collections and Archives, including campaigning ephemera, photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and a one-hundred-year-old china tea service. There will be opportunities too for informal small group discussion and debate.
Explore suffrage history through the Dawson Family Archive.
Who is this course for?
- Anyone curious to discover the experiences of a range of twentieth-century British women whose lives are documented in our archives
- Informal learners seeking an accessible and engaging introduction to women’s lives and experiences (among them office workers, teachers, housewives, and campaigners)
- Anyone wishing to equip themselves with information about the background of contemporary feminism.
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.
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: Labour History Collection
You will learn
By the end of this course, you will:
- See feminism differently through an increased understanding of its history and development since c.1900
- Have learnt how women’s history interacts with wider social and political histories
- Know the unique and often uplifting stories of women struggling individually and collectively towards recognition, equality and self-realisation.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Michelle Johansen
Dr Michelle Johansen is a social historian specialising in the history of modern London, with a particular emphasis on social class and mobility, gender, professional lives, and regional identities. Her publications include articles in Teaching History, the London Journal, and Cultural and Social History. Michelle has more than ten years' experience of delivering learning sessions at Bishopsgate Institute for all types of learners, from primary school pupils to undergraduates to informal adult learners. Her teaching approach places the emphasis on hands-on access to original historical documents, which provides a uniquely dynamic and immersive classroom experience.
We use one family’s archive as an entry point to women’s lives at the start of our period, with a particular emphasis on the hard-fought campaigns to secure the vote for women.
We "meet" unsung female public figures from our Special Collections and Archives, all of them politically active in London during their own lifetimes but largely forgotten today .
We use pamphlets, flyers, journals, and unpublished political ephemera to explore changing workplace opportunities for women across our period.
We examine letters, diaries, and ephemera to understand the impact of war on the friendships, families, and daily lives of women.
We revisit the rise of feminism from the 1960s through milestone "moments" or events documented in pamphlets, photographs and ephemera held in our Special Collections and Archives.
Need to Know
- 19:00 – 20:30
- £67/£50 conc.
- Bishopsgate Institute
- Dr Michelle Johansen
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