When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Robert Smith
  • Course Code W24HMSH07A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The population of London grew dramatically in the 19th century. A bigger population meant more dead people and London's existing burial grounds couldn't cope. This course looks at the Magnificent Seven Victorian London cemeteries that were built to accommodate dead Londoners. The course looks at the history of the cemeteries, who is buried in them and how to read the symbolism of Victorian gravestones

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Know the history of the Magnificent Seven cemeteries
  • Find out who is buried there
  • Learn to read the symbolism of Victorian gravestones

Class format and activities

Each session will involve information from the tutor and relevant documents with opportunities for student question and answers and reflections. Original documents may also be used to promote discussion and thinking about the period. Information about other current London topics can also be shared in the class. Students may also be asked to make their own presentations on a topic of their choosing.

Entry requirements

While this course will refer to previous courses no previous knowledge of London history is assumed and any background information will be available either as hard copy or on line. A booklist will be available and students may find background reading helpful, although not essential. A reasonable level of English comprehension is helpful.

What you need to know before you enrol

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What you need

You may find it useful to make your own notes so bring a notebook – actual or digital.

What you can do next

There are many London courses and activities, and the tutor will be able to advise on courses relevant to your interests. Other students may also be offer suggestions.