Year course
London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Wednesday 8 July 2020

  • Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Wednesday 8 July 2020

  • Hochhauser Auditorium, V&A South Kensington

  • Course price £600.00 - £1,992.00

  • Call +44 (0)20 7942 2000 to book

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

This event is unfortunately postponed. During these exceptional times, the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites (South Kensington, Museum of Childhood, Blythe House, V&A Dundee) are temporarily closed. Due to the ongoing impact, we have made the decision to postpone this event. If you have purchased tickets for events that have been postponed there are several options available to you and our ticketing team will be in touch. You can find out more on our blog

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Mike Berlin

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. His study of London ranges widely and has included 20th century trade union and labour history, the history of immigration and the New Left.

I loved the variety of in-depth knowledge, made accessible by the very experienced and knowledgeable lecturers. 2018/19 Course Student

Full year tickets now on sale. Term tickets will be available twelve weeks before course start and Day tickets will be available four weeks before course start.

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available • No Certificate Option available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 25 September – 11 December 2019


A city of learning and richly skilled crafts, during this period London went from being the prosperous capital of an emerging kingdom on the periphery of Christendom to being one of the greatest cities of Europe, the centre of a growing mercantile empire which looked outward to the Atlantic and beyond.

Term 2

12 weeks, 8 January – 25 March 2020

1666 – 1851

This second term examines the period from the rebuilding after the Great Fire, to the Great Exhibition which attracted six million visitors from all over Britain, the colonies and other parts of the globe. In the two hundred years after the fire London emerged as the world’s greatest city, a true metropolitan capital.

Term 3

12 weeks, 22 April – 8 July 2020


This final term explores the changing landscape and history of London from the creation of Albertopolis in the West to the development of Olympicopolis in the East. From Victorian London through to the 20th century, this term demonstrates how today's capital incorporates both the best and worst elements of its history.

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Year course: London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

25 September 2019 - 8 July 2020

£600.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: 1851–2000

22 April – 8 July 2020


Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)