In the footsteps of London's rebels
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
A series of virtual guided tours.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLW20
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
The course conveys this exciting history against the backdrop of 19th century and early 20th century London through a series of virtual walking tours to sites of agitation and protest, supported by PowerPoint slides, lectures, and discussions.
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 learn about inspirational individuals and movements that fought for radical change in the workplace, in their communities, and in the political sphere: from Chartists, suffragettes and striking matchgirls, to anarchists, conscientious objectors and anti-fascists. We will also find out what these social movements were demanding and where and how they campaigned to bring about changes in London.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- show you understand the challenges ordinary people faced in London during this period
- identify the campaigns that sought to address these challenges
- list key individuals who supported these campaigns.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
There are no particular skills needed, just an interest in learning about London’s social and political history and an enthusiasm for discovering and imagining the places where this history happened.
Be able to access the course via Zoom.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be an initial lecture/workshop to set the background scene for the period we will be studying, and the places we will discover on our walking tours. This will be followed by a series of virtual walking tours in subsequent sessions focusing on specific issues, individuals and campaigns. After each session an information handout will be posted summarising key points. Students will be encouraged to ask questions during the walks and raise discussion points. The final session will draw together the threads from the different walks to consolidate knowledge of protest movements in the capital and assess their successes and failures. 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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other London walks and talks starting in January.
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.