Waves of Diversity: A History of Migrant Communities in Hackney

Ref: C2419264

Early immigrants include Huguenots fleeing religious persecution in France in the 17th century. The first record of an African-Caribbean resident is from 1630 and the first Jewish presence dates from 1674. From the late 19th century large numbers of Jewish people fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe arrived. After the Second World War sizeable African-Caribbean, Irish and South Asian communities built up. Migrants and refugees from Turkey, Vietnam and several African countries have shaped the boroughs population since the 1980s. More recently migrants from Eastern and Southern Europe have settled in the area. We will look at when and why people came and how they built lives in the area, where they worked and how they resisted racist attacks like those from Oswald Mosley’s fascists. The course will include slides, film and music while students discuss the impact of immigration on shaping this part of London.

Course aim

The course will examine how Hackney has been shaped by waves of immigration including Huguenots, Jewish, African-Caribbean, South Asian, Irish, Kurdish/Turkish and Vietnamese communities.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List the main periods of immigration to Hackney
  • Identify shifts in government policy towards people coming to the area
  • Explain why people came from different places at different times
  • Understand changes in popular opinion towards immigrants

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It will be helpful for you if you can make notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No prior reading is necessary. However Robert Winder's "Bloody Foreigners" is a good general introduction to immigration to Britain

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Waves of Diversity: A History of Migrant Communities in Hackney Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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