20 CATS credits
Aims and Objectives
The IHR London Summer School offers a unique opportunity to explore London’s stories and historic places from the Institute’s home at Senate House in the heart of Bloomsbury. Guest lectures from world-renowned experts and interactive workshops focus on topics from London’s earliest history to the present day – as well as visions and policy debates around its future. Site-specific work takes students out to archives and museums, as well as offering special access to some of London’s most fascinating historic sites. Students will have access to the remarkable London collections in the IHR’s Wohl Library, including maps, rare books and a range of important primary and secondary sources. Alongside programmed content, IHR academic and library staff will be available for consultation and bespoke support.
The London Summer School builds on the IHR’s outstanding strengths in urban and metropolitan history, and especially London history, formerly concentrated in its Centre for Metropolitan History (founded in 1988 by the IHR and Museum of London) and now based in its Centre for the History of People, Place and Community. The Summer School draws on this world-class academic heritage, as well as other high-profile projects and centres based in the IHR: the Victoria County History of England (founded 1899), History & Policy: the UK’s national network for connecting historians and policy-makers, and Layers of London: the major history mapping project which brings together historic maps, material from archives and institutions, and crowdsourced content from communities across the city. The Summer School will also feature cutting-edge new research from other projects both within and beyond the University of London.
Each year, the IHR London Summer School will have a different theme. Indicative themes may include ‘Renewal’, ‘Rivers’, ‘Secret London’, ‘Green London’, or other broad topics.
This module offers an opportunity to convert participation in the IHR London Summer School into a credit-bearing module, either as a stand-alone micro-qualification, or to build towards the MA History Place and Community. Module teaching, therefore, will be delivered through the Summer School teaching provision, with two additional consultations after the end of the Summer School for students taking this as a credit-bearing module, alongside formative and summative assessment.
In addition to content-focused lectures and workshops, field trips and archive visits, the IHR London Summer School will include sessions which will particularly support students taking the credit-bearing module. These will include library induction and guided independent research time, and a half-day ‘Writing Workshop’ focused on essay-writing skills. IHR academic staff will also be available throughout the Summer School for one-to-one consultations with students, and those taking the credit-bearing module will be required to attend at least one individual consultation session.
The module aims to:
- Build a rich understanding of London’s history, through a specific theme of topic, based on practical learning and fieldwork, as well as lectures, seminars and workshops
- Provide opportunities for students to pursue deeper research into one aspect of London’s history, arising from the Summer School programme
- Support students to deliver their own research project, initiated and guided by Summer School content, on London history
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- Have a deeper knowledge and understanding of London’s history, with reference to a specific theme or topic, across a broad chronological range
- Be able to identify and describe some of the wide range of sources which can help historians understand London’s history, from published historical research to archive collections, historic buildings, the urban environment and other tangible and intangible heritage
- Have gained experience of field-based and practice-led approaches to history, through on-site visits in London and hands-on sessions
- Have developed skills in oral communication and participation in seminars and workshops
- Have conducted supported independent research into an aspect of London’s history, emerging directly from Summer School teaching and content
- Have developed skills in academic essay planning and writing
All students will attend the five day London History Summer School. In addition there will be the following: 2x individual consultations; 1x informal ‘surgery’ consultation during the Summer School.
Essay plan (1000 words), on a topic agreed with the supervisor, to include Annotated Bibliography of 5 items, and writing sample (normally the Introduction): to be submitted in a structured proforma.
Essay (5000 words) on a topic agreed with the supervisor.