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Hidden from History? Birkbeck People, Politics and Places

In the first of a series of workshops hosted by UCU in the run-up to Birkbeck’s 200 year anniversary, Rich Clarke will introduce the early history of Birkbeck.
When Nov 20, 2015
from 12:30 PM to 02:20 PM
Where 43 Gordon Square, room GOR B04
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Did you know…
·            At least four ‘Birkbeck Taverns’ remain standing, two of which are still pubs?
·           There are 15 ‘Birkbeck Roads’ in London, two 'Birkbeck Places', and one each of a                ‘Birkbeck  Gardens', 'Hill', 'Mews' and 'Way'?
·           Friedrich Engels attacked ‘The Birkbeck’ in 1872 arguing that building societies were       irrelevant to solving Britain’s housing crisis?
·         ‘The Birkbeck Bank’ went bankrupt in 1911; its building was described in 1962 as ‘the       greatest single extravaganza of central London’?
·           Where the foundation stone and the plaque of George Birkbeck in the old (Malet Street) entrance to the main College building come from?
·           The entry for George Birkbeck in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography states       that he merely ‘inaugurated’ the London Mechanics’ Institute, the ‘founders’ of which     were Thomas Hodgskin and Joseph Robertson?

This talk by Richard Clarke will explore the relationship between these aspects of the early history of Birkbeck College.

About Richard: Until 2012 Richard taught ecology and conservation at Birkbeck where he was joint President of the University and College Union and elected Staff Representative Governor.  He is currently Visiting Scholar at the University of Westminster and works as a consultant for the Heritage Lottery Fund on its Landscape Partnership programme.