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. 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

  2. Roman London

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Using archaeological and written evidence, we will explore what life was like in London during the Roman occupation

    between c.50 and 450 CE. We will also visit the Roman gallery in the Museum of London.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. St Petersburg and Russian music

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 26th October. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  4. Women's London

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Visiting such diverse areas as Bow, Belgravia, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Westminster and Whitechapel, this series of walking tours gives centre stage to women whose experiences have left their mark on London. First meeting outside Whitechapel tube.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  5. St Petersburg and the history of the Russian Empire

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers a broad survey of the development of St. Petersburg and the different constellations of power and culture in its history over more than 200 years: courtly society and political struggles; secular and church architecture; art collections, musical life and academic progress; socio-economic change including the tensions created by urbanisation and industrialisation; controversies over Russia’s identity; discontent and repression, and finally war and revolution. Tutor:Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. Cosmopolitan Notting Hill

    Course Date: Sun 30 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Everyone associates Notting Hill with the Caribbean carnival but past residents have come from a wide variety of places. We look at the area’s Serbian, Spanish, Portuguese, Moroccan, Indian, Jewish and Caribbean connections.

    Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.. Meeting place will be outside Notting Hill Gate Station (north exit) by Royal Bank of Scotland.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  7. Political history reading group: 20th century world history

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through discussion of selected biographies we will explore in depth key individuals in 20th Century world history , their legacy and the era in which they lived. The first class will discuss Citizen Clem (2016) by John Bew- the winner of both the Orwell and Elizabeth Longford prizes.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  8. Modernist Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 7 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the revolutionary Modernist homes and idealistic architecture built in Hampstead in the 1930s. Passing some more recent examples, this walk will finish at the iconic Isokon flats in Belsize Park.

    Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park. Walk starts at Hampstead tube (outside high street entrance) and finishes at the Isokon flats near Belsize Park.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Trains, drains and remains (city tour)

    Course Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Considering the history of the city which is lying largely under our feet, we will discuss trains entering the City, the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.

    Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station. Starts at Blackfriars tube station, ends near Monument station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. From Indochina to Algeria: the fall of the French colonial empire

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In the aftermath of the Second World War, France lost in less than two decades most of its colonies. Some, in Africa, gained independence peacefully but others, Indochina and Algeria, only achieved it after prolonged and bloody wars with dramatic consequences. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. The Russian Civil War: 1917 - 1922

    Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Russian civil war (1917 - 1922) took place in the immediate aftermath of the Russian Revolutions of 1917. While

    many factions vied to determine the course of Russia's future, the two largest groups were the Red Army (led by Lenin) and the White Armies (led by former officers of the Tsarist state). Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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