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History: A journey through London’s past

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Learn how London cracked out of its medieval shell, sprawled into the suburbs and blossomed into the biggest metropolis on the face of the earth by the Victorian age

Come on a whirlwind tour through 1,000 years of London’s history at this phenomenal lecture with Dr Matt Green. In the space of two hours, you’ll gain vivid insights into the social, cultural and economic history of London in key epochal stages, from medieval times through to the late Victorian era and the post-war period.

Along the way, you’ll learn about emblematic sites such as Shakespearean bear pits, Georgian coffeehouses and post-Blitz high-rise estates. Plus, you’ll meet famed London denizens like Samuel Pepys and the Elephant Man, and explore historic maps and photographs of the capital.

By the end of the evening, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how London has been shaped by the past, and know where the find some of the capital’s hidden treasures. You’ll also gain a fresh perspective on present-day issues, such as the housing crisis and effects of gentrification, which will enable you to contribute to London-themed discussions and debates – and see the city in a new light.

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Dr Matthew Green is the author of the acclaimed book London: A Travel Guide Through Time, which has been described by the Londonist as ‘easily the best social history of London for a decade’. Matthew also writes historical features for the Guardian and Financial Times among others, and has featured in many TV documentaries. He’s the founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces immersive tours of historic London.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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