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. 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

  2. Modern France: politics and society since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, with an in-depth analysis of the key moments and issues that affected the country. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  3. Global critical issues: discussion group

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out more about the issues that impact people globally? Then join this couse for a lively, informed discussion about events that are shaping our world.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  4. The Ottoman Empire (end of the 13th century - early 20th century)

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will examine the rise and fall of the Ottoman Empire - exploring its rich history and the complexity of its culture, society and politics.

    Note: Further details for this course will be made available in late October/early November 2018.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £90.00

  5. More current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor-moderated discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. 1940 - 1989: the rise and fall of empires

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both defeated and victorious countries saw their empires collapse in the years following the Second World War. We look at how this happened and how new kinds of empire emerged in the aftermath.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  7. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and

    Notker the Stammerer. In this interactive lecture-based course, we will examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence we will explore the development of Saxon London and the changes wrought by the Norman Conquest.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Early Medieval Spain: 700 - 1300

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain the fall of Roman and Visigothic Spain, the legacy of the Muslim period in Spanish history and the gradual process by which Christians re-occupied most of the peninsula. It will compare the mythology of the ‘Re-Conquest’ and ‘El Cid’ with the reality and also consider how the newly established Christian kingdoms drew on their Roman, Visigothic and Muslim predecessors. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. St Petersburg, Sibelius and musical nationalism

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the musically fruitful relationship between Russia and Finland, using the music of Sibelius as our guide. No previous musical knowledge necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 22nd February. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  11. American political institutions

    Course Date: Thu 24 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This four-week interactive lecture-based course examines the US political system from its inception to today – reviewnig its structure and constituent parts. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £26.00

  12. The end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Arab nationalism

    Course Date: Sat 26 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive-lecture day course will trace the growth of Arab nationalism in the decaying Ottoman Empire and the formation of new Arab states in the aftermath of World War I: fascinating background to understanding contemporary events in the Middle East. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his

    father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. The Balfour Declaration

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In November 1917, then Foreign Secretary, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter expressing the British government's

    support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. This interactive lecture-based course will examine the context and content of the Declaration and the impact it had on Palestine post-WWI. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Late Medieval Spain: 1300 - 1500

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

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