London, United Kingdom

The Buildings of London: from the Great Fire to the Present Day

when 21 July 2024 - 11 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2415

This module, which will be taught on site in historic buildings, will introduce students to the history of London and its buildings from the late seventeenth century to the present day. This is an extremely dynamic period in London's history: nearly the entire city was destroyed and rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666, the city then saw huge increases in its population in the eighteenth century, and massive technological and social change in the nineteenth. The twentieth century brought yet more destruction and rebuilding after the Blitz, alongside political and economic upheaval, all of which led to radical changes in the appearance of London's buildings. This century has seen huge new investment in the City, and the rise of gentrification in the suburbs.

Throughout the module, we will tell this story by visiting and considering many different types of buildings, from churches, hospitals, and palaces, to railway stations and housing estates. Along the way, we will explore questions of architectural style, the implications of social and cultural change for architecture, and urban and architectural history and theory more generally.

Course leader

Dr Matthew Walker

Target group


Course aim

To provide students with a grounding in the architecture and urban development of London from the late seventeenth century to the present day.
To make students aware of key themes in urban and architectural history relating to the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries
To encourage students to make use of primary sources relating to London history, and to use those sources to construct coherent arguments relating to key themes in the history of the city.
To train students in architectural, material, and visual analysis, and to further develop their skills in writing and constructing arguments focused on historical themes.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.

Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.

Fee info

GBP 2415: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £2,415 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2024.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £964 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.


There are no scholarships available for this course.

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