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The London Transport Museum reopened in 2007 having undergone extensive refurbishment. The Museum’s displays and installations on London’s trams, omnibuses and the world’s first underground railway demonstrate the close relationship between new infrastructure in London and changing patterns of housing, work and leisure. The visit will also emphasise how transport has been (and continues to be) a defining social and cultural force in the creation and experience of modern London.

At the end of the visit, there will be a short multiple choice quiz on the London Underground and the stations of Zone 1.

Further Reading:

Barman, C. 1979: The Man Who Built London Transport: A Biography of Frank Pick. Humphries, S. and Taylor, J. 1986: The making of modern London 1945-1985. London: Sidgwick and Jackson. Inwood, S. 2005: City of Cities: The Birth of Modern London. Macmillan. Otter, M. 2004: Cleansing and clarifying: technology and perception in 19th-century London, Journal of British Studies, 43, 40-64. Pike, D. 2002: Modernist space and the transformation of Underground London. In Imagined Londons, P. K. Gilbert (ed.) Albany NY: New York State University Press, 2002), 101-19. Sheppard, F. 1998: London, A History, Oxford University Press. White, J. 2007: London in the Nineteenth Century. Jonathan Cape.

Topic 3: A Tale of Two Cities: Wealth and Poverty in Victorian London

This session will look at how the new technologies, industries and dynamism of ‘modern’ London brought about not only progress and new opportunities but posed severe social problems. We will focus on how attempts were made to manage and govern the large and rapidly growing population of Victorian London through a new spatial structure. This led to the development of class-based patterns of polarisation and segregation between substandard housing and widespread poverty in the East End of the city and spaces of upmarket residential accommodation and consumption in the West – which resonate to the present-day.

The lecture will lead into class discussion of the two texts distributed in Week 1:

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925) and Arthur Morrison’s Child of the Jago (1896). An emphasis will be made on exploring contrasting experiences and uses of space, and different representations of the city, especially in relation to gender.

Two further texts will be distributed to students at the end of this session to be read before Week 6.

Further Reading:

Dennis, R. 2008: Cities in Modernity: Representations and Productions of Metropolitan Space, 1840-1930. Cambridge University Press. Koven, S. 2004: Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London. Princeton University Press. London, J. 1903: The People of the Abyss.

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