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. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  2. More current affairs

    Course Date: Thu 7 Feb 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor moderated-discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  3. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    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 interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Japanese imperialism from 1914 to 1945

    Course Date: Mon 18 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course provides a short introduction to Japanese imperialism during the period between World War One and World War Two [1914 - 1945]. We will examine the idea of Japanese imperialism during the war and it’s acquisition of territories under a League of Nation’s mandate at the end of World War One; through to its domestic political-military issues of the 1930s leading to its demise at the end of World War Two.

    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Late medieval Spain: 1300 - 1500

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  7. The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Trump administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. This course is a broad survey of America’s changing place in the world, investigating the relationship between domestic and international politics. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. Peterloo 1819: violence and reform in Britain

    Course Date: Sat 9 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On 19th August 1819, the 15th Hussars charged into a political gathering in St Peter's field, Manchester. 15 people lost their lives. Tragedy or massacre- Peterloo has come to symbolise for some all that was wrong with early 19th Century Britain. Explore what happened on August 19th in the context of the broader events at the time and the anxieties of the Government as well as the governed.

    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Nasser and the new Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore secular Arab nationalism under the leadership of Nasser, in the aftermath of WWII and the foundation of Israel on this interactive lecture-based course. Look at why Arabs turned to political Islam after the 'failure of secular nationalism'. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Life and times of George I

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today. Explore his life and world on this interactive lecture course. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 16 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the reconstruction of London after WWII, the decline of its infrastructure, population and economy in the 1960s and 1970s and the emergence of a truly global city by the end of the century.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £50.00

  12. 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

  13. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living. Photo: R Sones

    A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's twentieth century developments. We will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and to Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close.

    Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane. Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  14. 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

  15. '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

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