London history and walks

From its Bronze Age beginnings to capital status, London has witnessed growth and destruction throughout its long history. Join us for lively classroom discussions and popular walks around the city and discover who and what has left their mark on the city.
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  1. A history of London: 1815-1845

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did London and Londoners experience the period of repression and reform that followed the long French wars? How did London develop and what was the impact of the railways?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London- its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    .London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point 11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  6. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 14 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  7. Constable's Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 13 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath 2 hours. Starts and ends outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance). It included some walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  8. Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at City Lit followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  9. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at the City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. Explore Blackheath and Greenwich

    Course Date: Sat 23 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the architecture and learn about the history of two of London’s most fascinating ‘villages’. Find out where golf and rugby started in England and where time begins for the world. Meet Blackheath station exit.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  12. Explore the former London docks (Old Surrey Docks, Rotherhithe, Pool of London & Shad Thames)

    Course Date: Sat 30 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore the former London Docks on the South Bank from London Bridge to Rotherhithe. Discover what remains and what is new. Highlights include Brunel’s tunnel, Mayflower history and riverside wharves. Meet at Canada Water station ticket barrier.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  13. Exploring London's museums: dinosaurs, mummies and Greek ruins

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the focus on London museums explore the history of museums, from Renaissance collectors to 21st century palaces of knowledge, looking at Egyptology, natural history, archaeological remains and much more. This is a classroom-based course with visits to London museums.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at City Lit followed by six walks.

    The last session held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. Hampstead in the First World War

    Course Date: Sun 8 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A walk looking at life in Hampstead during the First World War: the shops and services, military hospitals, how soldiers were cared for and where they did military training. We will also view the impressive War memorial.. This 2 hour walk starts and ends at Hampstead Tube Station

    It includes some walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

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