In the footsteps of London's rebels

Course Dates: 10/09/24 - 26/11/24
Time: 14:45 - 16:45
Location: Keeley Street
Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s.
The first session will be in the classroom at Keeley Street followed by 11 guided walks.
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In the footsteps of London's rebels
  • Course Code: HLW20
  • Dates: 10/09/24 - 26/11/24
  • Time: 14:45 - 16:45
  • Taught: Tue, Daytime
  • Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: David Rosenberg

Course Code: HLW20

Tue, day, 10 Sep - 26 Nov '24

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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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 walking tours to sites of agitation and protest. These tours will include visits to buildings and institutions connected with this history.

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 that 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. You will need to be able to undertake a walking tour of up to 2 hours at a moderate pace, with several stopping points. Some of the walking tours will include an indoor visit so the actual walking will be less than two hours in these sessions .

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 where we will be walking. This will be followed by a series of walking tours focusing on specific issues, individuals and campaigns. On each tour you will receive an information handout summarising key points. Students will be encouraged to ask questions on the walks and raise discussion points. The final session on zoom 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?

There are no additional costs. All visits are free. You will need to wear comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing for the likely temperature outdoors, an umbrella for days when the weather is less predictable and a bottle of water for refreshment. You may wish to bring a pen and notebook to take your own notes.

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

Any of the weekday or weekend London Walks courses starting in January. Please see the City Lit website.
In the summer David Rosenberg delivers another series of London walks- From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the East End was born (HLW32).

David Rosenberg Tutor Website

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.