History

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires. 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 history of India from 1500. Photo: The family of Motilal Nehru, who is seated in the centre.

    A history of India from 1500

    Course Date: Tue 10 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 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.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. A social history of Europe in 11 paintings: 1400-1900

    Course Date: Fri 5 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will explore the historical setting of key paintings with a musical theme by artists ranging from Fra Angelico to Zoffany. The course includes a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery.

    NOTE: This course is designed to stand alone but also complements HH020 - Music in art: 1400 - 1900.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  3. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's 20th century developments, we will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close. The walk starts opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road (take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right) and finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane (with option to walk up Parliament Hill to Hampstead Heath main line station).
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  4. Anglo-Saxon and Norman London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  5. Art, image and history in Anglo-Saxon England

    Course Date: Thu 12 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore works of art from the Anglo-Saxon era between AD 600 and 1100, from the Sutton Hoo Treasure to the Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest, setting each work in its cultural and historical context.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  6. British foreign policy in the 19th century

    Course Date: Sat 13 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the state of British foreign policy, looking at policy in relation to Europe, America and the larger world during the 19th century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. British foreign policy: 1945-1976

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the state of British foreign policy, looking at policy in relation to Europe, America and the Middle East during the period of 1945-1976.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. British foreign policy: Thatcher - Cameron; photo of David Cameron by Tom Evans

    British foreign policy: Thatcher - Cameron

    Course Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Examine the state of British foreign policy, looking at policy and key events in relation to Europe, America and the Middle East during the British governments from Thatcher to Cameron.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  9. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 4 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London 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. 1st meeting point 4/5/2017: Green Park Tube station. Street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Crime and punishment in medieval London

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where were London’s red light districts? Where could you buy stolen goods or meet cross-dressing prostitutes? Learn where the prisons and pillories were located and identify some infamous criminals.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 2 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London has shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at City Lit.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. Explore two unusual London parks

    Course Date: Sat 24 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore Holland Park with its ruined Jacobean Mansion and Battersea Park with its exotic Pagoda. Learn about the history of the landscapes and the trees and plantings seen today. Meet at Notting Hill Station ticket barrier.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  13. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Wed 11 Jan 2017
    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. Examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  14. France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    France in revolution: 1789 to 1799

    Course Date: Wed 3 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1789 ordinary French people successfully rebelled against the absolute monarchy and privileged nobility. Find out how the struggle over the social and political system which would replace the Ancien Regime would divide both France and Europe.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  15. From Athens to Sparta: Unwind with Wonders – travelling with Pausanias in the Peloponnese

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Pausanias was a Greek traveller of the 2nd century AD who wrote a fascinating account of his tour of Greece. Using Pausanias as a guide, this new course takes in the shrines and rituals, towns and temples, with their deities, myths and other tall tales, and more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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