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Under London: Subways Sewers And Streams

Why are there so few tube trains in South London and have you encountered the ghostly motorcyclist in the Blackwall Tunnel? Travel under our city to see how geology has influenced its growth; trace forgotten rivers; discover the history beneath our feet from prehistoric fossils and a Roman amphitheatre to Victorian sewers, and modern Underground stations. Was it dangerous was it to travel underground and how do engineers get the essentials of our modern lives - gas water electricity and internet - into our homes and offices?
This is a classroom based look at history we generally can't see, with time to discuss, some readings and lots of illustrations.
  • Who is it for?

    Anyone with an interest in London - visitors or residents. No previous knowledge of London history assumed and any necessary background will be provided. This is very much a participative course so it would be helpful if students are able to make contributions; a reasonable ability in written and spoken English will make this easier for everyone.

  • What does it cover?

    During the course topics may include London geology, pre history and Roman remains, tunnels under the Thames, clean and dirty water, hidden rivers and streams, cables and pipes, catacombs, cemeteries and ghosts. However if students have particular interests I will try to incorporate these into the sessions.

  • What will it be like?

    Each week I will provide a powerpoint and relevant readings and documents on MOODLE. Although I will be giving you lots of information and, I hope, some entertainment there will be opportunities for you to share your opinions, knowledge and experience. By the end of course you will have made some discoveries about what lies under London; you will have used some primary and secondary sources to widen your understanding and you may have joined in group discussions.

  • What else do I need to buy or do?

    Students find it useful to have sight of the powerpoint either by downloading or digitally; you may also wish to make notes again either' old school' manually or digitally. I will provide a list of sources (books, you tube, websites) if you wish to expand your studies but its not compulsory! I might also signpost relevant talks and walks.

  • What could it lead to?

    Further courses in History or other Humanities and Social Sciences courses at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere

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Under London: Subways Sewers And Streams

Why are there so few tube trains in South London and have you encountered the ghostly motorcyclist in the Blackwall Tunnel? Travel under our city to see how geology has influenced its growth; trace forgotten rivers; discover the history beneath our feet from prehistoric fossils and a Roman amphitheatre to Victorian sewers, and modern Underground stations. Was it dangerous was it to travel underground and how do engineers get the essentials of our modern lives - gas water electricity and internet - into our homes and offices?
This is a classroom based look at history we generally can't see, with time to discuss, some readings and lots of illustrations.

05 November 2024 – 10 December 2024
Tuesday, 10:30 to 12:30
Course Code:466
£83 / £29
6 Meetings
High Street, Stratford
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