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London Summer School

Join Birkbeck specialists in the history, archaeology, geography and art history of London for this week long London Summer School which will allow you to explore how this metropolis has been shaped by its past.

Our London Summer School will immerse you in London’s long and complex history. Today’s multi-layered, multi-cultural metropolis is the result of 20 centuries of migration, settlement and social and cultural exchange. Settled by the Romans at the beginning of the first millennia, it emerged as an important European city during the medieval period. Its fortunes waxed and waned with the growth of the British empire and for a time it was the largest city in human history. 

This fascinating course will help you gain:

  • a deeper understanding of the history and archaeology of London
  • an appreciation of London’s social and cultural diversity as seen from an historical perspective
  • an awareness of how some of London’s current public policy debates were shaped by its history

This course is open to all with a genuine interest in London's history. It is suitable for both visitors to London and long-standing inhabitants. It will also be useful for London-based teachers of history in primary and secondary schools.

The course syllabus comprises:

  • the physical setting of London
  • London’s archaeology
  • patterns of development and land use
  • immigration and settlement
  • subcultures and communities
  • housing and the built environment
  • town planning
  • public health and sanitation
  • local government and policing
  • transport and infrastructure
  • London in film and fiction

This five day summer school is planned to include online teaching combined with walking tours or site visits, depending on COVID-19 guidelines. 

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Jul-21 10.30am-4.30pm