What is the course about?
This course will explore some of the fascinating archaeological evidence for London’s past. We will discuss key
‘moments’ in the development of London, and visit some of the monuments and relics of one of the world’s great
cities and its people. We will also consider the challenges and opportunities of ‘urban archaeology’.
What will we cover?
Using a broadly chronological approach, we will discuss the development of London from prehistory to the present.
Class-based sessions and fieldtrips will discuss different ‘moments’ in the history of London. We will consider some
of the determinants of urban growth in the evolution of the capital, exploring such issues as the role of the Thames,
population change, marketing and trade, defence and administration to consider what urban life was like during
different periods of the capital's history.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Have an understanding of the complexities of ‘urban’ archaeological research
- Recognised some of the factors influencing the development of London, and towns more generally
- Have an enhanced appreciation of the relics of Roman, medieval, and early modern London.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners who have an interest in London and its archaeology. You will be encouraged to participate in activities and discussions throughout the course, and your
enjoyment and benefit from it will be enhanced if you approach this course with an open and critical mind as well as
an enthusiasm for learning. On joining the class you should be able to read and comment upon articles and extracts
from archaeological texts and journals. You are encouraged to spend time outside the class on independent
learning, through written work and private reading, which will consolidate and develop your own particular interests.
You should also be prepared to discuss this reading in class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A broad range of teaching methods will be used throughout the course, acknowledging that students learn in
different ways and have different experiences of learning. The format of the 10 two-hour class meetings will vary
week by week but will include formal lectures, group-work and feedback, as well as hands-on activities, and
fieldtrips. You should be prepared to contribute to discussion and good natured debate, and be able to participate in
outdoor activities and fieldtrips.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HLW34 Early London: an introduction to primary sources (see website for details ).
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details