London history and walks

From its Bronze Age beginnings to capital status, London has witnessed growth and destruction throughout its long history. Join us for lively classroom discussions and popular walks around the city and discover who and what has left their mark on the city.
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  1. Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover ways in which we can adapt life-styles and even town plans to better match our ancient ‘Palaeolithic Genome’, and thus contain the otherwise inevitable rise is the often fatal 'Diseases of Civilisation'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London - its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at the Build followed by a series of walking tours .
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  5. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  6. Plagues in London: 1348-1665

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the impact of plague on London during the years 1348-1665. By the seventeenth century we can read eye-witness accounts but medicine was no nearer to a cure.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  8. London personalities

    Course Date: Sat 13 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walks discovering locations where Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Octavia Hill, Emma Cons, Lilian Baylis, Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys , William Hogarth, Gilbert and Sullivan, Shakespeare and Mary Wollstonecraft lived, worked, influenced and socialised. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 21 Feb 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.

    The last session held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  13. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at the Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  14. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  15. Village London

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at Build and eight walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

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