History

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. The politics and society of contemporary India

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457). Photo: Adam Bishop

    Londinium: a tale of two cities (Roman London AD 47-457)

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    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

  4. Whores, lepers and heretics: minority groups in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature before 1500CE.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. A Dickens of a time : the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
    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

  6. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  8. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. History to hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  10. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore through a series of interactive lectures the 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 domestic consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  11. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  12. British politics, culture and society, 1945-1997

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture outline course considers Britain’s political history and such issues as the vicissitudes of the economy, decolonisation and ‘Europe’. Changes in social attitudes and leisure, together with the position of women and youth also feature.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues. Note: Break week - no class session on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. A Marvellous Miscellany: gardening in the early 19th century (1818-1860)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Be amazed by early 19thc gardens from great estates and suburban villas to backyards! Discover the books, magazines and people who opened gardening up to amateurs as plant hunting, technology and science transformed British horticulture. An interactive lecture course. Please see the course outline (on website) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

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