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Summer School in Urban History

The making of Urban Britain 1700-2000. A Summer School at the Centre for Urban History (Leicester)

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Publié le samedi 12 octobre 2002 par Natalie Petiteau


The Making of Urban Britain 1700-2000 A summer school at The Centre for Urban History University of Leicester 2003 This is an exciting new summer school programme that focuses on the development of an industrialised urban society from t


The Making of Urban Britain 1700-2000
A summer school at
The Centre for Urban History
University of Leicester

This is an exciting new summer school programme that focuses on the development of an industrialised urban society from the early 18th century to the late 20th century. The programme aims to introduce students to the main aspects of urban and industrial growth in Britain over this period through a variety of field trips, seminars and lectures.

The major study themes of the programme are:
The growth and structure of the nineteenth and twentieth century city.
The industrial revolution and its urban and social impact.
Urban society; constitution, agencies, infrastructure and institutions.
The evolution of town planning and the types and uses of urban buildings.
Urban decline and regeneration and the importance of environment.

The Centre for Urban History

The Centre for Urban History (CUH) at the University of Leicester is one of Europe’s leading historical research institutes and has been welcoming students, researchers and visitors since 1985. CUH has a wealth of specialist staff, fellows and members with an interest in urban history and its related fields. The Centre offers excellent teaching and research facilities including seminar rooms, specialist libraries, archives and map collections. There is also a computer room with internet access and CUH acts as a social centre with a common room and small kitchen for staff and student use.
A summer school at the Centre for Urban History offers students the chance to explore a strong academic specialism, to experience expert tuition and to discover a new depth of historical learning in a friendly and supportive environment.


In terms of location, Leicester is an excellent base; London is within 75 minutes of the Centre and many of Britain’s richest industrial heritage sites are within the wider region. The main campus is well located with easy access from the M1 and M69 motorways, and the Midland Mainline railway station is close by. Supermarkets, a cinema complex, local shops, bars and restaurants are all within walking distance of both the main university campus and the Centre for Urban History.

The city of Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant cosmopolitan city of almost 300,000 inhabitants. It is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country. Today it is known as one of Britain’s most diverse and successful multi-cultural cities where more than a quarter of the population belong to ethnic minority communities and contribute to a city vivid and diverse in architecture, culture and lifestyles.
Originally a Roman town, Leicester was transformed in the industrial age into a major manufacturing centre, noted for its hosiery, engineering and footwear industries. Here in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the growing industries expanded the urban landscape into the surrounding countryside leaving a rich architectural heritage and attracting new inhabitants from all over the world.
In the words of the city council Leicester is ‘a historic meeting place. For centuries people of different races and cultures have gathered in Leicester.’ Where better to start understanding modern urbanisation and its many evolutions?

The University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is an established university with an excellent reputation. It is known for its successful specialist departments and research centres including Archaeology, English Local History and Urban History. The University has been providing high quality undergraduate courses for over eighty years and is currently Britain’s largest provider of taught postgraduate courses.
The aims of the University of Leicester’s charter include: ‘…the advancement of knowledge, the diffusion and extension of arts, sciences and learning and the provision of liberal, professional and technological education’ (University of Leicester mission statement).


Accommodation is provided in the University halls of residence which are of high quality and within easy reach of the Centre for Urban History and campus facilities. The halls are located on bus routes with good access to the city centre. The summer school fee includes standard room accommodation with full English breakfast.
Contact details
To find out more about this summer school, for a quotation, or to discuss the different course possibilities please contact Professor Dieter Schott

Arrival, welcome
Evening walking tour of Leicester

The Eighteenth Century Town

Focuses on different types of town in this period of urbanisation and considers the idea of towns as gentry centres Introduction into Summer School
Lecture ‘The 18th century town’ (Roey Sweet)

Depart by coach for Stamford Lunch provided

Burghley House,
lunch in gardens Visit Stamford (2 hrs), with guided tour

Evening barbecue at Bradgate Park, Leicester

The Victorian City

This day is devoted to exploring Victorian Leicester and its region and to examining some of the new technologies that fuelled urban growth. Students will work in groups developing skills in geographical analysis and presentation. CUH Lecture on ‘The Victorian City’

Fieldwork: “Reading the City”. Exploration of designated districts in groups, photograph and map urban morphologies.
Lunch provided CUH Lecture on the Industrial Revolution in the Midlands

Afternoon presentations of the morning’s work, followed by an evening trip to Foxton Locks, a transport innovation.

The Industrial Revolution and Transport

Travel to Derbyshire, the heartland of the industrial revolution, to consider both the impact of industrialisation and its twenty-first century legacy. Visit Cromford Mill, Derbyshire with lecture
Lunch provided Industrial heritage:
The Derwent Valley and the National Tram Museum

Free day

Optional trip to London
Optional walking tour of Covent Garden/ Regent Street (depending on demand).

The Industrial Towns of the 19th and 20thCenturies: Wolverhampton and Birmingham

Focuses on the technological and social impact of large-scale industrialisation and urbanisation. We will examine the environmental outcomes with regional experts. Tour of Wolverhampton with John Smith

Coach tour of Edgbaston and Bournevile Lunch provided
Birmingham city centre Birmingham city centre and urban regeneration and modernism. Explorations in small groups with worksheets and cameras

Garden Cities and New Towns

Our final day is spent considering some of the reactions and alternatives to nineteenth-century urbanisation. We will explore the garden city and the twentieth-century new towns ‘experiment’. Tour of Letchworth (guide GC foundation)
Visit GC museum Spirella Visit Stevenage New Town before returning to Leicester

Plenary session


  • Leicester, Grande-Bretagne


  • mardi 01 juillet 2003


  • histoire urbaine, 1700-2000, école d'été


  • Prof. Dieter Schott
    courriel : ds68 [at] le [dot] ac [dot] uk

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

    courriel : massard [dot] guilbaud [at] wanadoo [dot] fr

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