From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 18/06/19
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: David Rosenberg

In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

The course will begin with an initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.

Last session held at Build.


What is the course about?

As London’s first major manufacturing area, the East End became a magnet for people looking for work not just from other parts of Britain but for immigrants and refugees too. But the late 19th century writer JH Mackay described the area as “the hell of poverty”. The people of the East End worked and campaigned to change their economic circumstances, thier neighbourhoods and their cultural environment. Libraries, theatres and art galleries were established, social housing was built, trade unionists took strike action, and councillors went to prison. Several prominent women were among the motivators of change. This course charts those changes decade by decade through six walks in different parts of the East End and two class-based sessions.

What will we cover?

The walks will follow a consecutive chronological pattern, one decade at a time. Each walk will focus on particular theme for a particualer decade. Walkk one will be the 1880s, walk 2 the 1890s, and so on. The walks will include issues such as immigration, housing, social reformers, the First World War, suffragettes etc.".

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

Identify the main ways in which the East End changed over these decades
List some key individuals who initiated campaigns and processes of change
Describe the impact of some of these changes on the local area and its population.

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

Identify the main ways in which the East End changed over these decades
List some key individuals who initiated campaigns and processes of change
Describe the impact of some of these changes on the local area and its population.

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

An initial lecture/workshop will set the background scene for the period we will study, and
the places where we will be walking. This will be followed by a series of walking tours focusing on specific
issues, initiatives, individuals and movement. 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 will be classroom based. It will draw together threads from the different walks to consolidate
knowledge gained and draw conclusions form the learning. 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. Any visits to specific venues will be 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 London history courses or guided walks starting in September. Please see the Build website for further details.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 3 item(s)

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An interesting and thought provoking overview of the living, work, education and street life of immigrants and the working class throughout the period including the political forces against and pro using many of the same arguments used today.
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Review by Dave. / (Posted on 24/06/2015)
Very informative-tutor [the teacher is] extremely knowledgeable.
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Review by Jackie / (Posted on 19/06/2015)
This is a wonderful course which introduces some little known and even ignored aspects of London life and history.
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Review by Geoff / (Posted on 19/06/2015)

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Course Code: HLW32

Tue, day, 30 Apr - 18 Jun '19

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £139.00
Senior fee: £111.00
Concession: £61.00
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