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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.
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Program No. 24194RJ
5 days
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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.
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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

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. 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. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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

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