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Bishopsgate Institute runs a learning programme for adults comprising courses, workshops, masterclasses and walking tours. These usually take place at lunchtime and in the evening on weekdays, and during the day at weekends. We offer a broad programme – ranging from Performing Arts and Body & Exercise courses to Languages courses – and students come to us to pursue a particular interest, to build their confidence in a particular discipline, to meet like-minded people, and for personal and professional development. London’s past and present is a particular focus of our learning programme, based, as we are, at the point where the City of London meets the East End. Courses and walking tours often draw on this rich local history and take inspiration from the Institute’s Special Collections and Archives, which contain a wealth of documents, books, maps and ephemera relating to London and dating from the 17th century onwards. Looking ahead to the Spring Term 2019, we are planning to further expand our programme of London history courses, and hope to add a day-long class focussed on post-war housing in London, to take place on a Saturday between January and April. The decades immediately following the Second World War saw a massive expansion of social housing in London, as well as the expansion of the suburbs, as government and local authorities moved to deal with the twin evils of poor quality homes and mass overcrowding in a city with high population density. This trend was bucked once gentrification began in earnest in the 1980s, continuing apace into the first decades of the 21st century, and resulting in the demolition of increasingly large numbers of post-war housing estates. During both of those periods London has been home to groups of people seeking radical housing alternatives, such as co-operatives, squatting and self-build communities, as well as to a plethora of protest organisations working to challenge the status quo. We invite expressions of interest from potential tutors, drawing upon all or some of the above themes. You will need to be able to demonstrate previous success teaching groups of adults. Our standard hourly rate for tutors is £32. Please send expressions of interest to Simon Vickery (simon.vickery@bishopsgate.org.uk) by 5pm on Friday 7th September, including your CV, two referees, and an outline of the class you would like to deliver.
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