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‘London’s East End, Part I: A History of Immigration’ Webinar

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the replay for one week after the series finale!
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From the arrival of French Protestants in the 1680s to thousands of Jewish children in the late 1930’s, London’s neighborhood of East End has been at the center of its immigration story for generations. But how and why did this particular neighborhood take in wave after wave of people looking for a better life, and what role does it serve today? Through a mix of powerful images, video, and even Google Street View, it’s time to explore London’s Old East End like never before.

Join New York Adventure Club on a two-part virtual experience through London’s East End. In Part One —A History of Immigration — we’ll explore one of the city’s most fascinating, dynamic, and historic districts through the mid-20th century, which has served as the final destination for countless immigrants throughout the past several hundred years.

Led by award winning London Blue Badge Tour Guide Pepe Martinez, our virtual exploration of London’s Old East End will include:

-The discovery of Spitalfield’s Woman — one of the most complete, high ranking Roman burials ever discovered in London
– The London Jewish story , from their arrival during the Norman Conquests, to their expulsion during the reign of King Edward I (and re-admittance under Oliver Cromwell), to the mass arrival in the 1880s
-The London visit of Jack London, one of the most celebrated authors in the world at the time , who decided to dress up as a homeless sailor and write an incredible expose whilst he lived among the poorest of the poor
-A virtual visit to Dorset Street, once the worst street in London, to “meet” one of its most famous residents and her connection to Jack the Ripper
– The French Huguenot Silk Weavers who created an industry to rival that of Paris
-A discussion around how the clearance of the Old Nichol Slum, once London’s worst slum, led to one of the earliest examples of social housing in Britain

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A session with Pepe — any and all questions about London’s Old East End are welcomed and encouraged!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week after the entire series concludes!
See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week after the series finale

About Pepe
I was born and bred in London and have lived here all his life apart from a year traveling the world in my 20’s. My professional life began working as a stage manager, followed by 15 years as a Tour Manager leading tours of the UK, Ireland and Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and The Middle and Far East. I qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide in 2011 and was honoured to receive the award for Best Overall Practical Guide. Pepe is a tutor on the London Blue Badge training course. In lockdown he created a virtual tour training programme which has been attended by more than 400 Institute of Tourist Guiding accredited guides around the UK.
The blue badge is the highest attainable qualification for tourists guiding in the UK. London Blue Badge Guides have to pass 11 examinations before receiving their badge. The highly prestigious badge gives exclusive guiding access to many major sites in London including Westminster abbey and Saint Pauls Cathedral.

London’s East End Series
Part 1: A History of Immigration
Part 2: Brick Lane, Banksy, and Big Tech

“Very engaging way of delivery, liked the live shots of the streets.” -Olga
“Great stories of the past and I really enjoyed the little bike tour through the area he was describing past and present both.” -Sharon
“Since I know nothing about London, everything was interesting!” -Paul
“The enthusiasm of Pepe Martinez is wonderful. The bike ride tours are so transportive and the wealth of knowledge imparted is quite wonderful. I think I will need the video again to catch it all. I appreciated his self-disclosing about growing up in the East End.” -Elaine
“Great presentation by Julien and Pepe….as always.” -Ron
“Loved that he rode his bicycle. Excellent content. Do more!” -Gerry
“Subject matter was interestingly presented. I love his bike rides between locations.” -George
“All the information. The trips down the streets.-showing the buildings.” -Joel
“He is clearly very knowledgeable about his subject. I’m looking forward to his future webinars. I was born and brought up in Leyton but have spent most of my life in Canada so I’m interested in learning more about East London both in the past and in the future.” -Sheila
“It was a great event except that the video feeds gave me problems. I use Chrome. There would be a popup for sound but if I pressed it, the video would stop.” -Joanna
“Fast paced, exciting – especially on Pepe’s bike – with good info to know for next visit to London!” -Catherine
“Excellent guide who brought the history to life with the use of historic photos. Had some trouble with the videos so will watch again.” -Cate
“Content and presenter! Excellent ! Keep them going!!” -Carolina
“There was incredible content. The history is amazing and Pepe presents it so well.” -Annette
“The presenter pulled in videos he’s made of actual walks with old photos and new, his commentary…Just excellent approach! Such a good speaker and obviously educated and informed.” -Jacqueline
“This particular presenter is excellent. I especially appreciated the book recommendations. I bought two of the books already.” -Kate
“Informative and interesting” -Barbara
“Font of information, lots of clues/leads to follow up on and hopefully one day explore in person, and thorough exploration of the subject.” -Margaret
“The presenter was fabulous! I loved it. I thought this webinar was top drawer-just great. Can’t wait for part 2. Thank you.” -Lucine
“It was on a topic I was very interested in. The presenter made the topic even more fascinating. He really knew what he was talking about. I love that we’re getting this access to highly-qualified London Blue Badge tour guides!” -Marie

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