Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLW115
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
The City of London and famous personalities of the theatres during the reign of Charles II.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will begin with a brief discussion of London in 1660 and the restoration of the monarchy. We look at the rise of theatre around Drury Lane and the new attraction of women on the stage. We will identify some of the most famous actresses whose portraits can be viewed at the National Portrait Gallery. We will then talk briefly about the impact of plague and the Great Fire.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify 3 cultural changes in lifestyle that the Restoration brought to the City
• Read extracts from Pepys’ diary regarding the plague
• Visit the National Portrait Gallery using knowledge gained on this course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an enthusiasm for British history. No previous knowledge is
necessary but a good understanding of English is essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs other than note-taking materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might consider enrolling on other day courses run by Vanessa King. Details will be provided in class.
Vanessa King is a lecturer in Medieval and early Modern History at Regents University. She also teaches at Birbeck and Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London. Her expertise in medieval matters means she is frequently called upon to give public lectures and speak on BBC Radio. At City Lit Vanessa teaches London history and offers day schools on all aspects of medieval and early modern history. She also runs bridge courses at all levels. Vanessa's philosophy of teaching is to make history come alive through informative presentations with a good sense of humour. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys nothing better than talking history over a glass of red wine! For further information why not check out her website.
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.