Provisional IHR London Summer School Programme

Monday 11 July 2022- ‘Great Fire and Beyond’

Registration: 10:00-10:30

Session 1: 10:30-11:30
Plenary Lecture: Archives of the Great Fire and Rebuilding
Vanessa Harding (Professor of London History, Birkbeck, University of London)

Break: 11:30 -11:45

Session 2: 11:45-13:00 
IHR Library Workshop

Explore the collections with a special exhibition and hands-on encounters with sources linked to the theme of ‘Renewal’. Join the Library as a reader and discover the resources available to you.

Lunch: 13:00-14:00

Session 3: 14:00-18:00 
Offsite VisitWren’s Rebuilding: St Paul’s and City of London Churches Tour

Including a behind the scenes Triforium tour at St Paul’s to see the Library and Great Model, and access to the nave roof space to see the internal workings of the dome, followed by the opportunity to climb the dome and visit the cathedral floor and crypt.

Evening: London Pub Quiz

Tuesday 12 July 2022- Blitz and Rebuilding’

Session 1: 10:30-11:30
Plenary Lecture: The Home Front and Mass Observation
In conversation: Lucy Noakes (Rab Butler Chair in Modern History, University of Essex) and Claire Langhamer (IHR)

Break: 11:30 -11:45

Session 2: 11:45-13:00 
Mapping London’s Blitz: Layers of London Workshop 
Matt Bristow and Justin Colson (IHR)

Working with the digital mapping resource ‘Layers of London’, explore WW2 bomb damage maps and RAF aerial photos, tracing how maps and collections tell the story of the Blitz and beyond. RAF aerial photos.

Lunch: 13:00-14:00

Session 3: 14:00-18:00 
Offsite visitCity of London Pedway & Museum of London Architectural Tour

With Matt Bristow (IHR, Historic England), discover what remains of the City of London pedway system and learn about its place in a radical vision for post-war London. And enjoy a visit to the Museum of London, with special access guided by curatorial staff.

Wednesday 13 July 2022- ‘Visions and Dreams’

Session 1: 10:30-11:30 
Plenary LectureMartin Luther King’s Visit to London 
Hannah Elias, (Lecturer in Black British History, Goldsmiths, University of London)

Break: 11:30 -11:45

Session 2: 11:45-13:00 
London Policy and Future
Philip Murphy (IHR) and Ben Rogers (University of London Professor of Practice and Founding Director of the Centre for London think tank)

This ‘in conversation’ seminar will explore phases of post-war planning in the capital from Abercrombie (1944) to the present, as well as the changing structures of post-war administration for Greater London. The discussion will also look forwards: what does the future hold?

Lunch: 13:00-14:00

Session 3: 14:00-18:00
Onsite visit: Unrealised Plans: University of London’s Modernist Campus 

Discover the secret histories of Senate House, designed as part of Charles Holden’s ambitious, unrealised scheme for a vast University of London campus. Access restricted areas, including the famous tower, and learn about the various historical roles of this fascinating building – from wartime Ministry of Information to present-day film set… 

Evening: 18:00-19:30 (optional)
Derek Keene London Lecture- ‘The Great Fire and the end of Medieval London’ 
Vanessa Harding (Professor of London History, Birkbeck, University of London)
 

Thursday 14 July 2022- ‘Re-staging London’

Session 1: 10:30-11:30 
Plenary LectureFire and Re-building at Covent Garden 
Daniel Snowman (Historian, writer, broadcaster and IHR Senior Fellow)

Break: 11:30 -11:45

Session 2: 11:45-13:00 
Staging Reconciliation and Renewal: a 14th-century London Pageant
Catherine Clarke and Justin Colson (IHR)

Drawing on special collections in Senate House Library, this session will explore one medieval London pageant in its broader context, through text, place, mapping and immersive history.

Lunch: 13:00-14:00

Session 3: 14:00-18:00
Offsite visitLivery Company Archives / Pageant Materials 
Justin Colson (IHR) and Tracey Hill (Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture, Bath Spa University)

Explore the theatrical spaces of early modern London with a leading historian of civic drama. As well as hidden corners of the City, this trip is planned to include exclusive access to at least one Livery Company archive.