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 lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CE

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the least known episode in London's history, mid-Saxon town Lundenwic (AD 600-900). Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk around Covent Garden.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  2. Queens of the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Apart from bearing sons, what else did queens do? If there were no male heirs, were women merely conduits by which a crown was passed to a husband, or could she expect to wield power? We consider these questions and more in a study of the careers of the Empress Matilda and Melisende of Jerusalem. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. 19th century Britain and empire

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An interactive lecture course that explores the Second British Empire, which emerged after the loss of North America took new forms. We will study debates about the nature of empire, motivations, structures, expansion and relationships between centre and peripheries over time.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Underground tales: London's cemeteries

    Course Date: Thu 16 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    London's cemeteries are a treasure trove of social history, funerary monuments and the human stories behind the graves. Discover four very different cemeteries from the non-conformists at Abney Park to Hoop Lane Jewish Cemetery.

    FIRST MEETIING PLACE: Abney Park Cemetery-Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High Street

    (215 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH). FIRST MEETIING PLACE: Abney Park Cemetery-Meet at the main gates at Stoke Newington High Street

    (215 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH).
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  5. Gardens of the Blitz (City tour)

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the delightful gardens of the City of London created from WWII bomb sites. Revealing the history of the sites - including past industrial buildings, Roman ruins, and the sites of a former Wren churches and a Roman bath house - this walk spans the length of the City.

    Starts outside the main entrance to the Museum of London. Ends St Dunstan in the East a short Walk from Monument and Tower Hill stations. Starts outside the main entrance to the Museum of London. Ends St Dunstan in the East a short Walk from Monument and Tower Hill stations.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  6. Pepys and the Great Plague of London

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Living through the Great Plague and Great Fire, Pepys’s diary reveals intimate details about life, death and sex in the City.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. 'Something in the air': an outline history of radical thought and action in Britain, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the 1930s rejected, radical government policies, eventual prosperity and new ways of thinking/ acting emerged postwar. Aspects covered include Celtic nationalism, squatting, CND, popular music and the making of the‘permissive society’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. A short introduction to populism

    Course Date: Sun 19 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  9. The 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the complex realities of the 'Arab Spring', the different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath, on this interactive lecture-based course. This interactive lecture course provides an insight into a rapidly changing situation with major implications for the 21st century. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. 'We are the masters now': British politics, culture and society, 1945-1958

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course considers Britain’s political, economic, social and cultural history in an age of Austerity and Affluence. Topics include nationalisation, Indian Independence and Suez alongside war recovery programmes, welfare policies, the arts, consumerism and youth.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  11. The life and times of George II

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  13. The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1973 Richard Morris identified the following seven figures as the key ‘Founding Fathers’: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. These men were leaders or the War of Independence/ American Revolution and had a large impact on the constitutional shape of the institutions of the new federal American state. Whilst they cooperated against the British each had a distinct set of ideas about the shape of the new nation. This course will explore these ideas and their practical effects.

    We will examine: Washington; Franklin; Hamilton jay; Jefferson; Madison; and Adams; in turn then consider their collective impact. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  14. The French nation and Napoleon

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  15. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from AD 900-1200

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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