Tuesdays, 8 weeks
10 January – 7 March 2017 (Half-term: 14 February),
18.30 – 20.30
Explore the art, architecture, literature, entertainment, and highs and lows of life in Victorian London – the largest and wealthiest city in the world.
Home to over six million inhabitants, London boasted a vast array of shops, theatres, restaurants and luxury hotels. Goods from all over the Empire were transported through the Docks and the city was an unrivalled centre of global trade. Yet London was also a city of contrasts. New and affluent developments went hand in hand with unprecedented poverty and overcrowded slums, while modern streets, buses and arcades contrasted with the decay and stench of London’s underground passages and sewers. A city that was full of bustle and industry by day, became a place of mystery and menace by night. This course examines the social, economic and cultural history of the capital as well as the lives of many of its most famous inhabitants. Topics include railways and the growth of suburbia, the role of philanthropy, music halls and other forms of entertainment, the London art world, the sweated trades and luxury trading.
Course Leader: Dr Anne Anderson FSA writer, broadcaster and lecturer.
£350, £310 concessions