This course will take place in person.
Join us in an atmospheric library setting to discover what daily life was like for Londoners from the 1830s to the 1960s. Each week, a short talk introduces the topic. Then we explore our theme through immersive research activities using curated sets of pamphlets, photographs, letters, guidebooks, and ephemera from our Special Collections.
Who is this course for?
The course is accessible to all informal learners. We especially welcome anybody who is:
- Curious to explore the experiences of Londoners from different classes and backgrounds
- Seeking an accessible, engaging introduction to the social history of modern London
- Keen to find out about less well-known characters, venues, and incidents in the city
- Interested in viewing and handling original nineteenth and twentieth-century materials.
Are there follow-on courses I can take?
This course is the first out of two series of courses, join Welcome Back to London for the remaining topics.
Image: Eton Boy's Manor Club Archive
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
- To see the city differently through an increased understanding of its history and people
- How London’s history interacts with wider social and political histories
- The stories behind human stories of struggle, success and self-realisation during a period of rapid urban change
- The joys and challenges of doing research using original library and archive materials.
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.
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- 18:30 - 20:00
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- Dr Michelle Johansen
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