London’s radicals, secularists, suffragists and pacifists.
This 8 week course will look at some remarkable people and movements who spoke up and campaigned for progressive ideas and social change in London from the 1790s-1940s. It will tell their individual and collective stories, explore how they popularised their ideas, and influenced each other, visit sites of protest, and consider their lasting achievements.
It will be taught mainly through interactive classroom sessions organised on a thematic basis. It will use written and visual materials, include archive materials from the Humanist Library paired and group discussions, and include four guided walks – in Bloomsbury, Fleet Street, Clerkenwell, and Westminster, where a number of the people and movements being explored were active.
It will pay particular attention to individuals who had a connection with the South Place Ethical Society and Conway Hall
Thursday 4th May 2017 – Thursday 29th June 6:30 – 8:30pm (every Thursday except 1st June – Half Term break)
We are committed to promoting inclusive practice. Whilst our Library is not currently accessible to wheelchair users, we are happy to discuss with you how to make the contents and materials accessible/available. In addition we will review the location of any courses we run in the space, to enable the participation of everyone who is interested in attending.
- Participants will have an understanding of the issues that engaged campaigners who fought for social justice in London between 1790 and 1940.
- Participants will gain a knowledge of the personalities and movements that drove these campaigns forward, the ideas they espoused and the methods they used.
- Participants will have experience of using Conway Hall library and archive’s resources.
Course Tutor: David Rosenburg.
David Rosenberg is an educator, writer, teacher trainer and tour guide. He is the author of Battle for the East End (Five leaves Publications, 2011) and Rebel Footprints: a guide to uncovering London’s radical history (Pluto Press, 2015) and co-author of Contemporary Slavery Teachers’ Resource (International Slavery Museum, 2012)
He taught in an inner London primary school for 22 years, and in recent years has taught adults through the Bishopsgate institute and City Lit, and organised day events on historical themes at the London Metropolitan Archives. He has led guided walks on London radical history since 2007. (www.eastendwalks.com)
Cost: £100, £75. concessions (Members, Over 65s, Students (full-time), Employment and Support Allowance or Jobseeker’s Allowance)