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.
Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetFederalism in the United States is the dynamic relationship between state governments and the federal government of the United States. Develop an understanding of this complex relationship and explore how shifts of power in America challenge government cooperation.
NOTE: no class session on Wed, 21 Novembmer 2018. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.Full fee: £89.00Senior fee: £89.00Concession: £39.00
Course Date: Wed 31 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis 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: £59.00Senior fee: £59.00Concession: £26.00
Understanding the US mid-term elections: America’s choice (results and review of the 6th November mid-term elections)Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis one-off talk will be reviewing the American mid-term election results of the 6th November election. Surprises? Expected results? Impact of the mid-term results on Congressional outlook for the remaining two-years of the presidential cycle. Tutor: Mark Malcomson.Full fee: £29.00Senior fee: £29.00Concession: £15.00
Course Date: Thu 8 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetIn the turmoil at the end of the First World War, various factions in Germany sought to create a republic and this was first proclaimed on November 9, 1918. In many ways the Weimar Republic was a genuine attempt to create a perfect democratic country, but by 1923 it was already looking fragile. This course explores the reasons for the establishment of the republic, its ambitions and achievements, its mishaps and its eventual overthrow by the Nazis. Tutor: Alison Appleby.Full fee: £79.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £35.00
Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThe structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India's rich cultural history have shaped, and in
turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. We will examine contemporary India through its politics and society in this interactive lecture day-course. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.Full fee: £39.00Senior fee: £31.00Concession: £20.00
Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457. Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided city walk.Full fee: £59.00Senior fee: £47.00Concession: £26.00
Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at Build followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £22.00
Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis day course will provide an interactive lecture with opportunities for discussion on Queen Anne, who was the last of the Stuarts and who had suffered much personal tragedy but she ruled over an increasingly prosperous nation that had unprecedented military success in Europe under the Duke of Marlborough. Tutor: William Sterling.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWe will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature
before 1500CE. Tutor: Vanessa King.Full fee: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetChristmas 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: £29.00Senior fee: £23.00Concession: £13.00
Course Date: Tue 8 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLondon's stations see over 1 billion journeys annually, but the buildings themselves are often ignored. Explore a different station and environs each week, discovering the architecture, history, stories and future of these lifelines of London. The course starts with an initial classroom lecture at the Build followed by a series of walking tours .Full fee: £159.00Senior fee: £127.00Concession: £70.00
Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetLondon luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of
their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.Full fee: £129.00Senior fee: £103.00Concession: £57.00
Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThrough one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.Full fee: £139.00Senior fee: £111.00Concession: £61.00
Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDiscover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.Full fee: £169.00Senior fee: £135.00Concession: £74.00
Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis 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: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £88.00