Museum of London: 19th Century Visual Culture in London

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Nineteenth-century London was full of dazzling visual phenomena that occupied people’s eyes, from the 360-degree view of the panorama to the floating figures in the stereoscope. What prompted these new forms of visual culture to be created? And what was the impact of these visual entertainments? This session will look at a small selection of works of visual culture in the Museum of London, and explore how they changed the way people looked, as well as their perception about looking itself.

Course aim

To explore nineteenth-century visual culture in London.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some key visual entertainments in nineteenth-century London
  • Understand some of the discussions around vision related to nineteenth-century visual culture
  • Reflect on the impact of nineteenth-century visual culture on the twenty-first century

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

The meeting point is the main entrance of the Museum of London.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Museum of London: 19th Century Visual Culture in London

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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