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History: A journey through London’s past

Guardian Masterclasses

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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.

More about your teacher…

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.

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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