Survey of London: Histories of Whitechapel
Nov 02, 2016 05:30 PM
End: Nov 02, 2016 06:30 PM
Location: G31, Foster Court, UCL, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JG
Peter Guillery, Senior Research Associate at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture and Martin Zaltz Austwick, Lecturer at the UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis will give a presentation on The Survey of London’s ‘Histories of Whitechapel’ website, which was launched in September. It is the lynchpin of an in-depth participative study of Whitechapel, a district currently in the throes of intense change. Formed thanks to a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and in collaboration with UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, the project aims to break new methodological ground in the field of urban history.
The Survey of London has been attached to the Bartlett School of Architecture since 2013, but it has a long history stemming from its foundation in the 1890s. Over recent decades the Survey gained renown for combining rigorous scholarship with first-rate illustrations in an approach to urban history that presents socio-economic contexts as crucial determinants of architecture.
The ‘Histories of Whitechapel’
interactive website is a new departure. It provides for public
co-production of research, tapping into the insights of local
communities and others to document experiences and understandings of all
manner of buildings and places from an innovatively devised map-based
platform. Whitechapel’s complex histories and circumstances make it an
excellent testing ground for the formation of such a public history. The
initiative is being supported by Tower
Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, Historic England, the
East London Mosque, Whitechapel Gallery and Wilton’s Music Hall.
Dr Martin Zaltz Austwick
lectures in advanced spatial analysis and visualization. He holds an
undergraduate Physics degree and a PhD in nanotechnology and quantum
computing, and worked as a clinical medical physics researcher from
2006-2010, a varied career which has led to his interest in the
adaptation of ideas from the physical sciences to social sciences.
All welcome and there will be drinks and discussion after the talk. Please note that registration is required.