When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Robert Smith
  • Course Code W22HMSH04A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This five-week course looks at the history of popular disturbances in London, their causes and their impact. While London’s streets have often been a place of protest they have seldom turned to outright revolution. This course will look at the role of street protests from William Long Beard in 1196 to Extinction Rebellion in 2019 and ask where events like the Gordon Riots fit into that story. Where does protest end and riot begin?

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Learn about how street protests have been a constant feature of London life
  • Understand how protest had a role in the development of democracy
  • Discover places that have had a role in protest
  • Find out about how to use online archives and libraries to take studies further


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Tutor presentation, group discussion, working with copies of old documents and news stories, film shows

    Entry requirements

    No special requirements other than an interest in London history

    What you need

    You may want to take notes either on computer or laptop

    What you can do next

    Other courses from Morley College