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. Art & cultural history of the 20th century - George Orwell

    'Art & cultural history of the 20th century

    Course Date: Fri 12 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural history of Britain in the 20th century through art, literature and architecture, examining key ideas such as the decline of Empire, the growth of the heritage industry and London as an urban metropolis.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. 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

  3. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 11 Mar 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. 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.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Anglo-Saxon women

    Course Date: Sat 18 Feb 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Anglo-Saxons ruled England for 600 years. The role of women changed over that period and they often held important posts in politics and religion. The class will include a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 16 Jan 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.

    NB. The January start for HLW103 has been changed. The correct start date is shown on this page.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  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. 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

  14. Explore two unusual London's 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

  15. 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

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