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

Course Dates: 13/04/21 - 01/06/21
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Online

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. Discover this history by taking virtual walks through six tumultuous decades of change.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

As London’s first major manufacturing area, the East End became a magnet for people looking for work not just
from other parts of Britain but for immigrants and refugees too. But the late 19th century writer JH Mackay
described the area as “the hell of poverty”. The people of the East End worked and campaigned to change their
economic circumstances, their neighbourhoods and their cultural environment. Libraries, theatres and art galleries
were established, social housing was built, trade unionists took strike action, and councillors went to prison. Several prominent women were among the motivators of change. This course charts those changes decade by decade.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The virtual walks will follow a consecutive chronological pattern, one decade at a time. Each walk will focus on particular theme for a particular decade. the topics will will include issues such as immigration, housing, social reformers, the First World War, suffragettes, overcoming community divides. Where relevant we will use extracts from contemporary writers, both fiction and non-fiction.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify the main ways in which the East End changed over these decades
List some key individuals who initiated campaigns and processes of change
Describe the impact of some of these changes on the local area and its population.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No particular skills needed just enthusiasm for the subject.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

An initial lecture/workshop will set the background scene for the period we will study, and
the places through which we will be taking virtual walks. This will be followed by a series of virtual walking tours focusing on specific issues, initiatives, individuals and movements. After each session you will receive an electronic sheet summarising key points.
Students will be encouraged to ask questions and raise discussion points. The final
session will draw together threads from the different walks to consolidate knowledge gained and draw conclusions form the learning. No work is required outside of class although you will be directed to additional reading that you may wish to undertake.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any of the London history courses or guided walks starting in September. Please see the City Lit website for further details.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

You will learn about major changes in society developed in the East End and visit some interesting buildings still in place.
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Review by Brian / (Posted on 23/06/2019)
An enjoyable learning experience
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/06/2019)
A wonderful enthusiastic tutor who really brought the subject to life.
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Review by Helen Sumner / (Posted on 07/06/2019)
Interesting course well communicated and planned
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/06/2019)
An interesting and thought provoking overview of the living, work, education and street life of immigrants and the working class throughout the period including the political forces against and pro using many of the same arguments used today.
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Review by Dave. / (Posted on 24/06/2015)
Very informative-tutor [the teacher is] extremely knowledgeable.
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Review by Jackie / (Posted on 19/06/2015)
This is a wonderful course which introduces some little known and even ignored aspects of London life and history.
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Review by Geoff / (Posted on 19/06/2015)
Tutor Biographies
David Rosenberg Tutor Website

David Rosenberg is an educator, writer and tour guide specialising in London's social and political history, with a particular interest in the East End. He also has a strong interest in 20th century Polish Jewish history and has visited Warsaw and Krakow several times. David divides his working time between adult education teaching, working on educational and cultural projects, training teachers, writing, giving talks and guiding people on radical history walks. He is the author of Battle for the East End (Five Leaves Publications, 2011) and Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Radical History (Pluto Press, 2015, 2nd edition 2019). He graduated from Leeds University in 1979 with a degree in Politics and Sociology, and from Bristol University in 1982 with a Master's in Sociology of Race Relations. As a teacher and educationalist he has participated in projects in Uganda, South Africa and India. His writing on history and current affairs has featured on several Channel4 websites and in many print publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, TES, Red Pepper. His favourite live band is The Selecter.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: HLW32

Tue, day, 13 Apr - 01 Jun '21

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £70.00

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