History Courses in London

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 short introduction to populism

    Course Date: Sun 19 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. The 2011 Arab uprisings and their aftermath

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the complex realities of the 'Arab Spring', the different outcomes emerging in the various Arab states and the aftermath, on this interactive lecture-based course. This interactive lecture course provides an insight into a rapidly changing situation with major implications for the 21st century. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. 'We are the masters now': British politics, culture and society, 1945-1958

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course considers Britain’s political, economic, social and cultural history in an age of Austerity and Affluence. Topics include nationalisation, Indian Independence and Suez alongside war recovery programmes, welfare policies, the arts, consumerism and youth.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. The “Wyldes” of Hampstead: discovering Hampstead’s northern hillside

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the rural north side of Hampstead by walking across the Heath Extension to the hamlet of Northend, learning about its famous residents, its hostelry and the 17th-century Wyldes farmhouse. We return via the enchanting Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park.

    Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.. Circular walk starts and ends outside the main entrance to Golders Green and involves walking across parts of the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. The life and times of George II

    Course Date: Sun 9 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. The Founding Fathers and developments in the transition from thirteen colonies to a federal state

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1973 Richard Morris identified the following seven figures as the key ‘Founding Fathers’: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. These men were leaders or the War of Independence/ American Revolution and had a large impact on the constitutional shape of the institutions of the new federal American state. Whilst they cooperated against the British each had a distinct set of ideas about the shape of the new nation. This course will explore these ideas and their practical effects.

    We will examine: Washington; Franklin; Hamilton jay; Jefferson; Madison; and Adams; in turn then consider their collective impact. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  7. The French nation and Napoleon

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Napoleon had a huge impact on the French state and the French nation and many of his ideas and reforms were also adopted across Europe as a result of the French empire which Napoleon founded. Some of these developments were due to Napoleon himself and others emerged because of the systems he set up and the people he employed. Many of the changes he initiated have had long term effects which can be seen up until the current day. The course will examine some of these developments. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Saxons, Vikings and Normans: London from AD 900-1200

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the foundations of Lundenburh in c.886 and the impact of later Viking and Norman invasions. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk in the city.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  9. The end of globalisation?

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course explores several ideas present in globalisation studies - i.e. nationalist neo-liberalism (e.g.Trumpianism, Brexiteerism), post-national urbanism (e.g. networks of world cities), corporatist neo-liberalism, regionalism (e.g. ASEAN, EU) and potential emerging neo-empires (e.g. empires of affiliation in distinction to colonialism). Tutor: John Goff.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Ghetto uprising 1943: Jewish life and death in Warsaw

    Course Date: Sun 16 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    75 years ago, 220 young people, incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto, led an armed rebellion against the Nazis. This course tells the backstory of Warsaw's vibrant but increasingly endangered Jewish life in the decade before the uprising, describes the many forms of resistance, highlights key individuals, and reflects on a tragic but inspiring episode during the Holocaust.

    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Global political Islam

    Course Date: Thu 20 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Debates concerning Islam and its impact on global politics has come to dominate the contemporary political landscape. On this short interactive lecture course you will gain an understanding of the mindset upon which Islam and politics has been fused and its role in contemporary Islamic thought and movement. Tutor: Noman Hanif.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. Whores, saints and beauty queens: images of the Byzantine empress

    Course Date: Sat 22 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this day course, you'll be introduced to a range of powerful women from Theodora the circus acrobat who had an affinity with geese to the beauty queen Irene who murdered her son to gain power and sainthood. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Why do we obey? The politics of obedience

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We groan against the bosses, berate politicians, demonstrate against most aspects of the social system, and then humbly take our orders from above. Is obedience imprinted in our genes? How submissive must people be for society to function? In this short course we will discuss the politics of obedience – drawing on psychology, anthropology, history, and on political philosophy. Tutor: Christian Michel.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meeting outside St James’s Park tube station (Broadway exit) and finishing at the coach station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  15. Further village London

    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Archway, Fitzrovia and Soho. Why did

    these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

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