London: The World in a City - Free Taster Lecture Recording

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Thinking about an online course? Join course director Mike Berlin and the V&A Academy team for a captivating, free hour-long lecture about London between 1851 to 2000, that you can enjoy watching on demand…

A global melting pot of cultures, in the modern era London has been transformed from a imperial capital to post-colonial international world city. Hear how London has been shaped in the past 150 years, by the rise and fall of empires and the incessant movement of peoples, ideas, and cultures.

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Portrait of V&A Academy Course Director Mike Berlin

V&A Academy Course Director
Mike Berlin

Mike Berlin is a Lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a specialist in the social history of early modern London and has published extensively on the history of London’s guilds. Before joining Birkbeck, he was a research officer at the Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research.

The range of lecturers was excellent. I only watch on demand as I work full time but like being able to break the course into smaller chunks to digest and rewind. It's so helpful to have on demand access on the same day and after the course ended. V&A Academy Online Student

Course overview

This live taster lecture is linked to Mike Berlin's 12-week Summer term art history online course 'London: A Proud City 1851-2000'. If you wish to join, please book online by mid April 2023. The online live sessions will take place on Wednesdays, 19 April - 5 July 2023, and you can watch lecture recordings on demand, available at the end of each day, until Wednesday 27 September 2023.

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One-day course: London: The World in a City - Free Taster Lecture Recording

17 February 2023 - 27 June 2023


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