London at war

Course Dates: 10/09/19 - 05/11/19
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Eleanor Jackson

London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the City Lit.

London guide: Eleanor Jackson.


What is the course about?

This course will look at the impact and consequences of London's involvement in war and conflict throughout the centuries. We will be exploring London through a series of guided walks, examining the legacy of war and unrest on the capital, seeing how conflict and war has shaped our modern city and made it the city it is today.

What will we cover?

Medieval conflicts
Civil War
Conflict, unrest and civil strife
Wars of Empire and Expansion
World War I
World War II
The home front in War
Protest, anti War movements and legacy

Visit to Imperial War Museum.

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

Explain some of the stories behind the monuments, memorials and buildings we see everyday in London.
Appreciate London's militiary past.

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

Accessible to all levels - no particular skills required - ability to complete a 2 hour gentle paced walk every week.

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

A lecture followed by a series of guided walks in various parts of London.
Comprehensive handouts and further study suggestions.

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

No - optional visits to other sites and museums mentioned but not visited on the course.

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

Any of the other guided walks or general history courses starting in January. Details can be found on the City Lit website.

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


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An interesting insight into the effect of conflict on London and how it is commemorated led by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide.
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Review by Colin Sweeney / (Posted on 06/11/2018)
Don't hesitate.
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Review by Andrew / (Posted on 05/11/2018)
The walks are well organized, well structured, supported by plentiful background reading, and entertaining
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Review by Vivienne / (Posted on 02/11/2018)
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Course Code: HLW108

Tue, day, 10 Sep - 05 Nov '19

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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

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