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London's history comes alive on the web

How has the East End of London developed since the Roman times?

Anyone can now learn about the history and character of London's East End through a new online course available from Fathom and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

LSE and Fathom, the online knowledge provider, have developed this, the first short e-course from Fathom@lse.ac.uk|, which is open for enrolment to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Poverty, Wealth and History in the East End of London: life and work is taught by LSE's Professor Paul Johnson, an expert in economic history. 

He provides an insight into social and economic change from Roman London to the present day. Through images, maps, video and eyewitness testimony, the course delves into the social unrest, political upheaval and waves of reform in one of Britain's most legendary areas.

Professor Johnson said: "By looking at the past, and by looking in some detail at the development of one particular area, we can also gain an insight into some of the pressing social, economic and political issues of today."

The course costs £31and the material takes between three and five hours to work through, at your own speed, within six months. For more information, please visit www.fathom.com|


For more details, contact Chelsea Ramage on 020 7852 3603 or email c.a.ramage@lse.ac.uk|


The British Museum joins thirteen other renowned universities, museums, libraries and cultural institutions from both sides of the Atlantic as part of the Fathom consortium. These include Columbia University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Cambridge University Press, The British Library, The New York Public Library, The University of Chicago, American Film Institute, RAND, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

14 February 2002