This course will take place in person.
Through a mixture of short tutor presentations and immersive research exercises using dozens of original sources from our special collections, we’ll explore such themes as immigration and protest. Along the way we’ll get to know a range of East End characters, including community workers, gangsters, politicians, anarchists, housing campaigners, and pacifists.
Who is this course for?
- People new to the East End and keen to discover the area’s rich history
- Family historians with links to the area, wishing to learn more about their East End heritage
- Informal learners with a general interest in London history
- Research geeks, keen to get their hands on dozens of original historical materials
- Creatives and writers seeking fresh or unusual stories about the past.
What can I expect?
- The subject is examined through original sources from Bishopsgate Institute’s special collections, many of them rare and some unique (e.g. unpublished autobiographies, police arrest notebooks, guidebooks, scrapbooks, campaigning ephemera)
- Each week the tutor provides an overview of the historical materials
- Questions and activity ideas provide focus for practical research exercises
- Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sources, which have been arranged in curated sets to represent themes relevant to the East End
- Students spend time with each set of materials, with the tutor on hand to give guidance and answer questions
- A timeline handout provides historical background and context
- Facilitated, informal group discussions offer a chance to share findings and reflect on ‘then’ and ‘now’ contrasts at the close of each session
- Suggested short homework activities and reading lists allow students to extend their learning between sessions, should they wish to do so.
How we’re keeping you safe
April 2022 update: Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority.
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.
Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory but we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
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You will learn
- The key factors influencing the development and character of London’s East End from the 1880s to the 1970s
- An introduction to less well-known characters and incidents in the area across a 100-year period
- A greater awareness of the people and movements connecting this London region with political life and developments elsewhere
- Evocative insight into how men and women from different classes and backgrounds experienced daily life in the East End.
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 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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