London at war 1939-1945

Course Dates: 24/09/24 - 26/11/24
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
Explore in this interactive lecture course how Londoners faced many challenges: bombing, fires, destruction, caring for the vulnerable while also dealing with work, rationing and blackouts. How did Londoners experience these things, and with what legacy?
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London at war 1939-1945
  • Course Code: HLW59
  • Dates: 24/09/24 - 26/11/24
  • Time: 10:15 - 12:15
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Mike Berlin

Course Code: HLW59

Tue, day, 24 Sep - 26 Nov '24

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

For civilians and service people alike, the experience of the Home Front in London was complex - sometimes very
difficult, sometimes exciting, even liberating. How did the lives of Londoners change, at work and at home, and how
did they respond as London itself became a battlefront? What was the legacy of these years, as families reunited
to face a new future?

What will we cover?

The world of work
• Volunteer services
• Home life: evacuation, rationing, the radio
• The war in the air
• The end and afterwards: VE and VJ Days and the General Election.

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

Recognise the range of Londoners’ activities during the war
• Show greater appreciation of the physical impact of the war experiences on London
• Show increased knowledge and understanding of Londoners’ experiences
• Understand the usefulness of a range of primary and secondary sources of information
• Through increased critical awareness, to further your own interests.

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

This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. You will gain more from the
course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with
most of our history and current affairs courses, curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about
views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

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

Classes will be taught through a mixture of illustrated lectures and discussion. Materials will include maps and
plans, drawings, formal and informal writings, using projected images and paper handouts.

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

No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).Books and resources will be recommended throughout the course.

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

HLW251London 1945-1979.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.