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History students take part in two Blitz-related walks

History 17 December 2015

University of Westminster history students

University of Westminster History students recently participated in two Blitz related field walks around London.

Students taking the module '1HIS420 The London Blitz: Image, Impact, Legacy' have twice walked the streets of London to visit sites which were bombed in the Blitz between 1940 and 1945.

In November students walked through Fitzrovia, viewing sites from the Regent Street campus to Oxford Street to Tottenham Court Road, including the rebuilt Whitfield Memorial Chapel and the wartime residence of Edward R Murrow. Recently, they took a more extensive walk around the East End, from the site of the Bethnal Green tube disaster (now memorialised with a 'Stairway to Heaven') through to Brick Lane, Spitalfields and into the City, finishing at Bank station which took a huge hit in January 1941.

Dr Mark Clapson, Reader in the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology and module leader said: 'Field walks are an excellent way for students to experience the sites and view evidence of destruction and of rebuilding, as well as the memorialisation of the Blitz. The walks make the classroom study come alive, particularly for our Study Abroad students who might not otherwise know of or see these places.'

The Blitz module is one of the most popular modules with first year and Study Abroad students, who find it brings 20th century history to life.


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