Using original materials such as memoirs, photos, tourist guidebooks and teen magazines, we’ll discover how people have played and partied in the city since the 1890s.
Through historical items we’ll explore rough-and-ready penny gaffs in the East End to exclusive members’ clubs in the West End, stopping off at coffee stalls, cinemas, concert halls, youth clubs and overnight police cells.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in London’s social history. It is of particular interest to those wishing to discover more about the different ways Londoners have spent their leisure time since the 1890s.
How will this course be taught?
These exploratory archive courses are taught through the handling, examining and reading of curated sets of original historical materials from our library and special collections. There will be opportunities to share findings through informal, facilitated discussions. A short tutor presentation provides background and context.
You will learn
- Richly detailed information about the sights and sounds of the city’s streets and venues at night during this period
- Dynamic insight into what it was like to visit London’s social clubs, nightclubs and cinemas at different times in the past
- To develop and understand ideas using materials from Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives.
Meet the Tutor
Dr Michelle Johansen
Dr Michelle Johansen is a social historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century London based at Bishopsgate Institute. Michelle has extensive experience of delivering engaging archive learning sessions for a range of audiences, from primary school pupils to university students to adult learners. She has a particular interest in ‘hidden histories’ and enjoys bringing forgotten or neglected metropolitan individuals and incidents back to life. Michelle’s publications include articles in Teaching History and the London Journal.
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- 18:30 - 20:30
- Full £16 / Conc. £12
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