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Meeting point: Aldgate East Station (Zone 1)

The field trip will start with a pre-arranged visit to19 Princelet Street.


This former silk weaver's home conceals a synagogue built over its garden, and provides a highly atmospheric exhibition on the history of waves of immigration into Spitalfields. The trip will continue with a tour of Brick Lane detailing the overlapping Huguenot, Jewish and Bengali social and political histories of the area, and the impact of the recent gentrification of the area in the remaking of multicultural London.

Further Reading:

Back, L. 1996: New Ethnicities and Urban Culture. Routledge Collins, M. 2004: The likes of us: a biography of the white-working class. London: Granta Books. Fryer, P. 1984: Staying power: the history of black people in Britain. Gilroy, P. 1999: A London sumting dis. Critical Quarterly. 41 (3), 57-6. Jacobs, J. 1996: Edge of Empire (chapters 3 and 4). Routledge Keith, M. 2005: After the cosmopolitan? Multicultural cities and the future of racism Kershen, A. (ed.) 1997: London: The Promised Land? The Migrant Experience in a Capital City. Lees, L.H. 1979: Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London. Lichtenstein, R. and Sinclair, I. 2000: Rodinsky’s Room. London: Granta. Lichtenstein, R. 2007: On Brick Lane. Hamish Hamilton. Visram, R. 2002: Asians in Britain: 400 Years of History


Gautam Malkarni, Londonstani (2006) Samuel Selvon, Lonely Londoners (1956) Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2004)

Topic 6: London’s Changing Economy

This session will detail how employment in London’s once thriving manufacturing sector has sharply declined over the past fifty years, with most industrial firms within a crescent-shaped Victorian manufacturing belt in inner London closing or contracting, and most of London’s port activities relocated. During the same period, financial and business services, cultural industries and tourism have rapidly grown, with the City of London enhancing its historical position as a pivotal international financial centre.

Following the lecture, there will be class/group-based discussion of the two texts distributed in Week 3:

Chapter Five, ‘Capital and Labour’ of White, J. 2001: London in the Twentieth Century. London Penguin, pp. 171-216.

Graham, D. and Spence, N. 1995: Contemporary deindustrialisation and tertiarisation in the London Economy. Urban Studies 32 (6), 885-911.

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