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Adventures Online: London, the Story of a City

Journey through 2,000 years of history as our experts lead you on a live, virtual exploration of London! From the Romans to modern day, learn how this city has changed through the ages.
Program No. 24194RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Online Program

Adventures Online: London, the Story of a City

Journey through 2,000 years of history as our experts lead you on a live, virtual exploration of London! From the Romans to modern day, learn how this city has changed through the ages.
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24194 RJ
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

At a Glance

Welcome to London, one of the most fascinating cities in the world! With our experts, trace more than 2,000 years of history during this live, online adventure that introduces you to the cultures and events that have shaped the city. Through virtual field trips led by your instructor, explore London’s Roman, Saxon and Medieval remains, hear stories of King Henry VIII, learn about London’s Great Fire, trace the influence of Victorian culture and much more. Learn how the River Thames has shaped the industry of the city, and get a sense of modern London during an online field trip to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Throughout your online adventures, you’ll take in insightful lectures and Q&A sessions with your expert instructors and enjoy an opportunity to get to know your fellow Road Scholars.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover how the River Thames shaped London into the largest port in the world.
  • Join museum experts for a look into modern London’s cultural offerings and enjoy a virtual visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
  • Meet award-winning expert Ruth Polling who will share stories of London’s 2,000 year-old history during virtual walks through some of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.

General Notes

Your online program will include 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live and in person experience. This live online experience is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Ruth Polling
Ruth graduated at the top of her class as the London Blue Badge Travel Educator of the Year and has been sharing her knowledge of England with curious travelers for three years. London born and bred, she is energetic and passionate about her city and country and sharing their stories. Ruth graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in International History with an emphasis on Military History. She previously worked in London politics for eleven years including in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Ruth graduated at the top of her class as the London Blue Badge Travel Educator of the Year and has been sharing her knowledge of England with curious travelers for three years. London born and bred, she is energetic and passionate about her city and country and sharing their stories. Ruth graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in International History with an emphasis on Military History. She previously worked in London politics for eleven years including in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
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Alice Trickey qualified as a Blue Badge Guide for London and offers expertise and in-depth knowledge of British history from the Romans to the 21st Century. Winner of the St Paul’s Cathedral Award, Alice brings expertise and infectious energy to all her programs, combining a love of storytelling with a keen eye for fascinating detail. A history graduate, Alice worked at some of Britain’s top heritage attractions including Shakespeare's Globe, Hampton Court Palace and the Museum of London before becoming a professional group leader. She lives in Kent with her fiancé and collection of cacti.
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Anna Warrillow has worked at a number of museums and private art collections, both in the UK and the US, including the National Gallery and six years as a Curator of Sculpture of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She currently works as a freelance art historian and lecturer including at Richmond University, the American International University in London.
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Antony Robbins — writer, broadcaster, lecturer — was Director of Communications at the Museum of London as it opened the Galleries of Modern London exhibition. He was in charge of audience development, communications strategy, and the museum’s digital presence for eight years. He spent most of his early career leading PR teams in the world of international relief and development including the Overseas Development Institute, the UK government’s Department for International Development, and CARE International. Antony is a born and bred Londoner.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Child of the Jago
by Arthur Morrison
Powerful 19th Century fiction telling the story of a child growing up in the Old Jago – one of the worst slums in 19th Century London.
The English Reformation,1530-1570
by W. J. Sheils
Good short summary of the English Reformation designed for students.
Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour
by Lynne Olson
Although focused on three famous Americans who lived and worked in London during World War Two this brilliantly readable account provides great insights into life for ordinary Londoners during the war.
https://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/aug/28/london-maps-a-unique-view-of-the-capital-through-classic-cartography
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Great collection of maps from 17th to the 20th Centuries which taken together give a good indication of the geography and spread of the city in each century.
Greater London: The Story of the Suburbs
by Nick Barratt
Hugely detailed but very readable account of the development of London from the Roman’s one square mile to over 600 square miles today.
London Stories
by Jerry White (Editor)
Collection of 26 stories capturing the essence of London through time. Includes work by Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark and a host of famous and lesser known authors.
London: The Illustrated History
by Cathy Ross and John Clark
Great one volume introduction to London’s history from the Thames Valley area before London’s foundation to plans for 2012 Olympic Games. Good for historic images, maps and infographics
The Making of Modern London
by Gavin Weightman and Steve Humphries
History of London from 1815 to the modern day. The overarching narrative is supplemented with personal accounts by Londoners over the past 200 years which bring the story alive.
London The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Ackroyd’s description of London as a body – a living organism whose past continues to affect the lives of its residents. Covering everything from the history of silence, to drink and London childhoods.
http://blogs.casa.ucl.ac.uk/2014/05/07/london-in-time-a-londons-evolution-animation-3/
by Polly Hudson/Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (UCL)
7 minute animation which shows the development of London by mapping the road network and preserved buildings from each different era of London’s history – fascinating to watch.





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