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.

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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Modern France: politics, society and culture since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    (Re)discover France, its complex politics, changing society and vibrant culture by analysing and discussing some of the key moments in the country's recent history in a course richly illustrated by texts and period photographs. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. 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

  7. City of Words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    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. British foreign policy in the 19th century

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Much is currently being written and discussed about Britain’s role in the world. This course starts from the premise

    that the best way to understand how British foreign policy will adapt in the present context is to examine its history: specifically, the 19th century, where British Ministers made decisions in an age where technological, political and economic forces brought challenges and opportunities at an unprecedented scale. Tutor: James Nation.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. Plagues in London: 1348-1665

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the impact of plague on London during the years 1348-1665. By the seventeenth century we can read eye-witness accounts but medicine was no nearer to a cure.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. England 1066 - 1272: Normans and Angevins

    Course Date: Thu 11 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This new course examines the impact of the Normans and Angevins on the people and landscapes of Britain and Normandy. Each session makes extensive use of primary source material and is engagingly illustrated with slides. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  11. London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    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: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  12. Music in the Habsburg city of Pressburg and the Austrian Netherlands

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the musically fruitful relationship between the Habsburgs and the city of Pressburg and the Austrian Netherlands. Haydn, Beethoven and the Hummels are just some of the composers who benefited from this Imperial union. No previous musical knowledge necessary. [Note: No class session on 16 February 2018]. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  13. Elizabeth to Enlightenment, Donne to Dryden: poetry of England

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did English poets respond to the spiritual, political and social upheaval that characterised this extraordinary entury? Among many others, we shall consider Donne’s anguish, Herbert’s devotion, Milton’s majesty, Rochester’s licentiousness and Dryden’s withering wit. Tutor: Peter Brennan.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. "Habsburg" Cities in the Successor States (since 1918)

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will cover the divergent trajectories of the same cities in the successor states to the Habsburg Empire. While Vienna went from Imperial metropolis via capital of a small nation state to provincial backwater during the Third Reich before its rebirth after 1945 and especially following the fall of Communism, Budapest and Prague became the seats of government of independent Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1918. Tutor: Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. London personalities

    Course Date: Sat 13 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Walks discovering locations where Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, Octavia Hill, Emma Cons, Lilian Baylis, Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys , William Hogarth, Gilbert and Sullivan, Shakespeare and Mary Wollstonecraft lived, worked, influenced and socialised. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

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