Medieval and early modern history

From the years after the fall of the Roman Empire, through to the calling of a Christian Holy War and the military expeditions that followed, right up to the French revolution in 1789.

This vast period of history now bears closer examination, especially due to the current surge of religious fundamentalism. Discover the Crusades, radical revolt, historical literature and other topics that still have tremendous impact upon our society.

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  1. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jul 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a 'golden age'? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many, and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  2. Food and drink in the ancient world

    Course Date: Wed 15 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the culinary world of the Mesopotamians, Egyptian pharoahs and the ancient Greeks; discover what is needed to ensure a successful Roman orgy. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  3. Food and drink in the medieval world

    Course Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Archaeology, household accounts and recipe books from the 14th century allow us to visualise the medieval diet of men and women from all levels of society. We can read menus used at coronation banquets and view food illustrations in manuscripts. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  4. British politics, culture and society, 1901-1945

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of interactive lectures explore the history of early 20th century Britain- the political and economic issues together with the impact and consequences of two world wars and changes in the position of women, leisure and daily life.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Victorian Britain: 1830-1867

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the development of and change in Early Victorian Britain. From the industrializing economy, politics, religion, science and culture to population and urban growth, development of railways and mass leisure.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. England and the continent in the Age of Bede

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture-based course examines the changes and achievements across England and Europe during the earlier medieval period. We consider the cultural, political, and religious environment in which was changing during the time of Bede. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Italy in the early middle ages: 500-1000

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Early medieval Italy is characterised by invasion, social breakdown, cultural and political change. We discuss rural

    and urban life and why Italy is regionally divided. Gubbio, Lucca and Spoleto illustrate some of the developments

    discussed. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Understanding the US mid-term elections: the nuts and bolts

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-off talk will be introducing students to the 'nuts and bolts' of American mid-term elections. How does it differ from a Presidential election cycle? What significance do these elections have at the federal and state-levels? Understanding how the system works will aid you in following the mid-term elections taking place on the 6th November across the US. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  9. Indian nationalism and the British Raj

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will deliver an interactive-lecture on the British Raj, Colonial rule and the impact this had on Indian nationalism. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Emmanuel Macron: from his rise to the face-off with the unions

    Course Date: Thu 25 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One year before the 2017 election, few believed Macron could win and become president. What made his victory possible? Since then his many reforms have been both welcome and rejected by French people. At time of growing tensions, where is France heading? Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £8.00

  11. Votes for Women - the Aftermath: women, politics and 'feminine' issues, 1918-1939

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    But what did happen after enfranchisement? Aspects explored include adjusting to peace, women as voters and parliamentary candidates, policies pursued by those elected and women’s involvement in social/political campaigns, pacifism and response to international developments.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. History reading group: radical thinkers of the 18th through the 20th centuries

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is not so much a course as a forum to explore late18th-20th century Europe (including Britain) through the lives of radical figures / thinkers. We will meet four times: 31 October, 5 December 2018; 20 February and 10 April



    Our first text, The Life and Death of Mary Wollestonecraft by Claire Tomalin (reprinted Penguin, 2012), allows us to dip into the end of the 18th century and explore some of the ideas which laid the foundations for many future radical thinkers.



    At the first session there will be distributed a list of other biographies the group may find useful in selecting future books to discuss. Also suggestions from the group will be very welcome. Please note before suggesting a

    biography consider not only the biographer and subject but also the accessibility of the biography (availability, length, cost). Tutor: Carmel Elwell.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    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 domestic consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

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