2 Audley Square
London W1K 1DB
Established in 1994, The Course offers Art History, Literature, Music and Opera lectures.
In this series of 20 paired lectures and walks, we will look at the ways in which particular groups, often professions, have shaped and been shaped by London. Each theme could provide a course of its own, so we will proceed through a series of snapshots at the activities of those groups and individuals at key moments in the formation of the city.
Engineers, often overlooked in favour of more obviously glamourous professions, have made the city operate – the first underground railway, a pioneering sewerage system and a succession of fabulous bridges. London, sitting on clay rather than a bed of rock has provided as many challenges as opportunities in its construction.
The week following the lecture (4 December) there will be an accompanying walk along the South Bank of the Thames.