The men who built London

Course Dates: 16/09/21 - 18/11/21
Time: 14:30 - 16:00
Location: Online
London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. These lectures will examine London’s
buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.
London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLW19

Started Thu, day, 16 Sep - 18 Nov '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Architectural History in London, through its most important architects, builders & engineers, & some of its lesser known ones too! Exploring London’s built environment today. Who built this city, why & how did it take the shape we know today? As we deal with Coronavirus, all learning will be on line; however, a map of each session will be provided to allow you to cover each area, should you wish & when you feel it is safe for you to do so.

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?

1) Introductory Lecture
2) The new Classicism or not - Whitehall and the heart of London - the genius of Inigo Jones
3) Si monumentum requiris circumspice - Christopher Wren and the post fire City of London
4) The Height of Fashion - St James’s and William Kent
5) In pursuit of perfection - Bloomsbury
6) A Grand Design - Regent's Park and beyond - Nash and the Regency’s plans for London
7) Unsung Heroes - The Embankment - Joseph Bazelgette, Coade and the engineers
8) Building a Better Tomorrow - the South Bank & Post War Regeneration
9) Reaching for the Sky - Rogers, Forster and the modern Titans Of Architecture.

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

- Identify key London buildings/areas associated with major architects, engineers and builders
- Have an increased understanding on the growth and change of the physical city
- Attain a wider knowledge of the history of architecture through London's buildings.

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

No particular skills needed, just an interest in London.

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

A series of illustrated online lectures looking at the buildings & construction of various parts of London. Comprehensive handouts, further study suggestions, including reading lists & quizzes. As we are in the time of Coronavirus, a map to accompany each lecture will be provided by email. These will allow you to walk the areas covered in a safe & socially distanced way at a time of your choosing, should you wish.

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?

Other London guided walks. Please see City Lit website.

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.