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. 1917: an entrance and an exit in the First World War

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1917 was a momentous year in the First World War. We will look primarily at two great turning points in the War: the entry of the United States into the conflict and the collapse of Tsarist Russia in the two revolutions. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. After imperialism: the African leaders who took over at independence

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the first presidents of newly-independent African states - how their personalities shaped their nations, the challenges inherited and policies pursued. Special focus on the leaders of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. Tutor: Hywel Nelson.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

  3. An introduction to populism: a view of America and Europe

    Course Date: Wed 26 Jul 2017
    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. Tutor: Dale Mineshima-Lowe.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. Art and social history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Western cultural history and art in the 20th century, with particular emphasis on how this has been shaped by key modernist thinkers, cultural movements and artists. We will focus on several themes, including the idea of politics and literature of 'decay' and reconstruction; war, propaganda and utopianism; abstraction, surrealism and postmodernism. Tutor: Andrew McKay.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Art Deco London walk

    Course Date: Mon 31 Jul 2017
    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. Meet at Victoria coach station, main entrance.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  6. Back in Blighty: life on the British Home Front, 1914-1919

    Course Date: Wed 2 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Topics covered include attitudes towards, preparations for and reactions to war in August 1914. The role of women, the treatment of minorities and the impact on daily life, together with leisure and the arts. Tutor: Peter Street.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. Brick Lane Battleground 1970s: guided walk

    Course Date: Mon 7 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Tales of sweatshops and sweetshops, cultural change and conflict, housing struggles, racism and resistance, and the fight by young Bengalis for better lives, with tour guide David Rosenberg, author of 'Rebel Footprints'. Meet just inside the entrance of Altab Ali Park (corner of Whitechapel Road/Whitechurch Lane, E1). Nearest tube Aldgagte East.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  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. Business, banks and bombs - City of London guided walk

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The City of London is built on business with evidence of trading since Roman times. Walking through its heart, we'll discover the historical foundations for some of the businesses, learn about some of the attacks and campaigns to damage its financial infrastructure, and see how building for business is continually changing the City’s skyline. Starts outside Cafe Nero, St Paul’s tube Station, 14.30. Ends the Gerkin, near Liverpool Street / Aldgate Station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. China - a sphere of influence

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gain a better understanding of the historic roots of modern China and the implications for East Asia and the world of the re-emergence of China as a Great Power.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £17.00

  11. City gardens of the Blitz

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover the delightful gardens of the City created from bomb sites of the Second Word War. Revealing the history of the sites including past industrial buildings, where former Wren churches stood, Roman Ruins and the site of a Roman Bath house, this walk spans the length of the City. Starts outside the main entrance to the Museum of London. Ends St Dunstan in the East a short Walk from Monument and Tower Hill stations.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. 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

  13. Current political debates in Africa

    Course Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to current political debates in Africa. Examining issues such as: the role of Western donors, the ‘good governance’ agenda, and whether free market economic polices are the best for development in Africa or not. Tutor: Mark McQuinn.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Discover Regent's Park

    Course Date: Sat 12 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With a background briefing at City Lit in the morning and a guided walk in Regent's Park in the afternoon,you will discover the history, exuberant planting, sculptures and design of this fabulous Royal Park dating from the early 19th century. Special trees will be highlighted.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  15. Eat, drink and be wary: a social history of food and drink in Victorian Britain

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An increasingly industrial and urbanised society generated extra demands for and controversies over food and drink. Aspects featured include diet, the (international) transport, distribution and quality of food, the temperance movement and issues over adulteration.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

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