History Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

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. 60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Hampstead and the Slade School of Art

    Hampstead and the Slade School of Art

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Walk in the path of Slade School artists who lived in or were associated with Hampstead. Amongst others, we will discover where the Carline and Nevinson families lived and worked, and where Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler’s studios were, as well as some of the sites they painted.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube. Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  3. 'The setting of the sun': Britain and de-colonisation, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Tue 9 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores how and why during these years Britain ceased to have an empire on which the sun never set. It considers international and domestic pressures/events alongside the territories’ independence movements and British responses.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. France in revolution:1789 - 1799

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  5. From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    From the 1880s to the 1930s: how the new East End was born

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In an area branded 'the hell of poverty', libraries, theatres, art galleries and social housing were established. Workers went on strike and activists campaigned for better lives. Walk through six tumultuous decades of change.

    The course will begin with an initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.

    Last session held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. The US presidents who made the post-war world

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Five American Presidents (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon) shaped the post-War world both in their own country and beyond. America changed hugely during the thirty years of their presidencies and each of them played an important part in that. In the same way, the Cold War and various conflicts shaped an emergence from historical isolationism to a truly global power.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on 14/05/2019. Tutors: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues that impact people globally? Then join this couse for a lively, informed discussion about events that are shaping our world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  8. Continuity and change in medieval Jerusalem

    Continuity and change in medieval Jerusalem

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using a selection of primary sources, this interactive lecture-based course will examine the history of 12th century Jerusalem: its sensational and bloody fall to the army of the First Crusade in 1099; its Christian transformation under the Crusader kings; its conquest under Saladin in 1187, and the changes that were then made to the city and the life of its people. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Post-revolutionary America: the Federal Period (1781-1815)

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Post-Revolutionary America was a time of unity as well as competition between the former colonies. This course will examine the founding of the new nation, from a confederation of states to a federal state under a constitution. We will consider the relationship between states and the federal government, as well as government and the people, through the changes and developments from the Articles of Confederation, the controversies over the Constitution, to the framers and founders of the new nation, many of whom would go on to hold positions in the new government.

    NOTE: Break Week - no class session on Wednesday, 29 May 2019.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. The US and Latin America: from the Cuban Revolution to Trump's border wall

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Uncover a dramatic history of coups, interventions and revolutionary struggles. This course unravels the key themes of US-Latin American relations, brought to life by film clips, photography and primary sources. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  11. Understanding the Israel-Palestine conflict

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the historical roots of this conflict emphasising the peace process of the 1990s - Madrid talks, Oslo agreement, Camp David talks and the recent Middle Eastern road map, as well as the latest developments on this stimulating interactive lecture course. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Gain information and analyse and debate news items on this follow on course from 'Current affairs'. New students welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  13. Early modern Spain: 1500 - 1850

    Early modern Spain: 1500 - 1850

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to cover the expansion of the Spanish empire, the period of Habsburg Spain including the Armada, culminating in the war of Spanish succession, which led to the united kingdom of Spain under the Bourbons; the decline of Spain, the Napoleonic period and beyond. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  14. Stories of London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walk 2,000 years of London’s history. Explore the lanes and alleyways of the city of London and learn about the lives of its people, both rich and poor. Initial lecture at Build followed by six walks.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  15. World War into Cold War

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how the "Grand Alliance" of the USA, Britain and the USSR degenerated into a Cold War that divided Europe for forty years. See where the Cold War got hot in other parts of the world.

    NOTE: Break week - no class session on Thursday, 30 May 2019. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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