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. Fact and fiction: the history behind Wolf Hall

    Course Date: Sun 18 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More. Explore the personal and political lives of the real historical figures brought vividly to life in Hilary Mantel’s fiction. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Native American culture and women

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The role of Native North American women in history and culture. Largely dismissed as secondary figures in North

    American history, the course will reveal the significant place that women had in historical and political affairs both

    internally and in diplomacy. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Life and times of James II / VII

    Course Date: Sat 10 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 1956: Suez and the Hungarian uprising through the eyes of the cartoonists

    Course Date: Sun 11 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the events of 1956 and the changing fortunes of the Soviet, British, French and American `empires`. An exploration of these events through contemporary political cartoons will throw light on the conflicting attitudes of the period.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. London regeneration: history, politics and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    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: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Global issues of the 21st century

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This short course explores some of the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: transnational terrorism, the environment, human and energy security issues, technology in the changing world, inequality & underdevelopment, and the state's role in a 'globalising' world. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  7. Victorians abroad

    Course Date: Mon 9 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorians were to be found worldwide, not just in the UK. Among those which the course considers, together with travelling conditions, are tourists, explorers, missionaries, imperial administrators, exiles and those who sought a better life.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  8. Early London: an introduction to the primary sources

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How do we study London’s past? This course will introduce the methods and tools of historical analysis: what different types of primary source exist, and what research skills are required to make sense of them.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. The Russian Revolution of 1917

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    100 years ago two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, October 1917, is a pivotal moment in modern world history, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. This introductory course explores how and why these two revolutions occurred. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  10. British political institutions

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a team-taught introduction to British government and an exploration of the changes and challenges amongst the major political institutions: the executive, the legislature and the supreme court. It will also examine the role of the civil service and the issue of devolution and multi-level goverance. Tutors: Mark Malcomson, Dale Mineshima-Lowe, Philip Geering.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    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.

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

  13. Medieval pilgrims and pilgrimages: finding the pearl

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Pilgrimage was a vital part of medieval European cultural and religious life. Pilgrimages were undertaken by people of all social classes for many reasons. This engagingly illustrated course examines why people became pilgrims and what happened to them. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. Village London

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping, in one initial lecture at Build and eight walks.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £66.00

  15. America: history, literature and culture 1900-1930s

    Course Date: Wed 11 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will be team-taught, bringing together tutors to cover this dynamic period in America's development from historical, literary, cultural perspectives. We start with the historical coverage to provide students with context for exploring the developments in literature, film, art and music that explode in this modernising of America. Tutors: Dale Mineshima-Lowe, Patricia Sweeney, Nick Scudamore.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

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