History

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history. In addition, please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. Anglo-Saxon literature in translation

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Anglo-Saxons wrote some outstanding poetry: much of it is exciting, inspiring, and dramatic. This course gives an opportunity to read, interpret, and discuss a selection of this literature, from sections from 'Beowulf', to the Anglo-Saxon 'Genesis' and the 'Battle of Maldon'. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sat 4 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Riots, resistance and social change

    Course Date: Wed 8 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine social inequalities and question how and why people have used different forms of protest and social action to bring about change. Tutor: Miranda Iossifidis.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 18 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at Build followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. Life and times of James I/VI

    Course Date: Sun 26 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    James was already king of Scotland when he succeeded Elizabeth I in 1603. In fact he had been a king virtually his whole life when he became the first monarch of Great Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g. Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Urban well-being in modern London from a human evolutionary perspective

    Course Date: Sat 9 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover ways in which we can adapt life-styles and even town plans to better match our ancient ‘Palaeolithic Genome’, and thus contain the otherwise inevitable rise is the often fatal 'Diseases of Civilisation'.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. A Dickens’ of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 12 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the ‘traditional’ Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  9. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 8 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society, politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour movement and the consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Exploring London's museums: dinosaurs, mummies and Greek ruins

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the focus on London museums explore the history of museums, from Renaissance collectors to 21st century palaces of knowledge, looking at Egyptology, natural history, archaeological remains and much more. This is a classroom-based course with visits to London museums.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Transports of delight: London's railway stations

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at the Build followed by a series of walking tours .
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. France since 1945

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why do we continue to be fascinated by our nearest neighbour and why do so many Brits settle in France? We will discuss why the French replaced the Third Republic in 1945, through to the role of General de Gaulle in 1945; decolonization and its repercussions; France in the EU; and the presidential elections of 2017. Tutor: Pamela Pilbeam.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London - its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs?
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Migration, displacement and belonging

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    2015 saw the largest movement of people to and within Europe since the Second World War. This course draws on contemporary research in the social sciences to examine the experiences and struggles of migrants, and look at how migration raises important questions of belonging. Tutor: Miranda Iossifidis.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

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