Year course
London Life and Times: Medieval to Modern

Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Wednesday 11 July 2018

  • Wednesday 20 September 2017 - Wednesday 11 July 2018

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £640.00 - £2,150.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Over three terms, this Year Course explores a thousand years of the social and cultural life of a great city from its early days as a feudal kingdom to a modern metropolis. Delivered by some of London’s leading historians and V&A curators, it covers the artefacts and architecture, people and events, and cultures and customs of Londoners from the building of the Tower of London to the Millennium Dome.

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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.

It is a wonderful course and so brilliant to just sit and soak up all the fascinating information. Everything, and more, I had hoped it would be. 2016/17 Year Course Student

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• Term tickets available by calling +44 (0)20 7942 2000 • Refreshments served each day • Over 60s discount available, plus concessions for ES40 holders and registered disabled people • No certificate option available

Course Overview

Autumn Term

12 weeks, 20 September – 6 December 2017


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.

Spring Term (day tickets on sale now)

11 weeks, 10 January – 21 March 2018


The 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.

Summer Term (term tickets on sale now)

13 weeks, 18 April – 11 July 2018


The third 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

20 September 2017 - 11 July 2018

£640.00 - £2,150.00

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Spring Term (day tickets on sale now): 1666–1851

10 January – 21 March 2018


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Spring Term (day tickets on sale now) single days

10 January – 21 March 2018


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