This course will take place in person.
Join us for an enjoyable and informative introduction to the history of London’s East End since the 1880s. Through a mixture of short tutor presentations and immersive research exercises using dozens of original sources from our special collections, you will explore such themes as immigration, shopping, and political protest. You’ll also “get to know” a range of East End characters, including community workers, gangsters, politicians, anarchists and pacifists.
Who is this course for?
- People new to the East End and keen to discover the area’s rich history
- Anybody with an East End heritage, curious to learn more about their family’s past
- Informal learners with a general interest in social history and a particular interest in discovering the past through original historical materials
- Anyone wishing to find out fresh or unusual stories about London in the past.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
The session involves research activities using original sources. Please bring reading glasses if you wear them.
This course will be taught through the handling, examination and reading of archive materials, along with tutor presentations and group discussions.
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.
How we’re keeping you safe
Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. In line with Government guidelines you must wear a face covering at all times when visiting our building, unless you are exempt. We have installed perspex screening at our reception desks to protect our staff.
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.
For our in-person courses you will need to take a lateral flow test before coming to the Institute, and only come into the building if you have a negative result.
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.
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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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- 11:00 - 14:00
- £30.00 / £23.00 conc.
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