The Story of the Port of London

When and Where

9 Sep 2020 - 21 Oct 2020 (14 hours, 7 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Robert Smith
Course code

What you will learn

London would not have grown as a city if it wasn’t a port. This six week course will look at how shipping and trade have been vital for London since the Romans. The course covers the explosion in trade during the Tudor period, the birth of the Georgian docks, the dock workers strikes and the port during wartime. Using films and archive material the course looks at how the port of London helped stimulate economic growth in London, contribute to its diversity and keep Britain fed, and how Thames ports operate today.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Appreciate the importance of the Port of London in shaping London history
  • Understand the range of jobs that exist in the Port of London today
  • Learn how to use documents to further your understanding of the subject
  • Gain ideas for places to visit to further understanding of the subject

Class format and activities

The classes will be made up of a talk with slides, films and discussion sessions, such as a discussion of what can be seen in a painting. There will be group activities, for instance Students use photographs of archaeological finds and photographs of items from the Museum of London and Verulanium Museum to make a map of Roman trading routes. Students will use court records to look at crime on the Thames.Students will use slave owner records to see how these tie in with ownership of ships arriving in London. Students will look at heritage buildings from the Port of London and devise a tour to illustrate the story of the Port of London

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

No special requirements

What you need to know before you enrol

This course will be taught online due to restrictions from the Covid 19 pandemic. Students will have access to coursework via Morley Moodle and Microsoft Teams. The course will appeal to those with an interest in London history

What you will need for your class

Smartphone / laptop or a tablet

What you can do next

Other history courses at Morley College