British & Irish history

British & Irish History
Courses Online & In London

Study the history, culture and politics of the British isles through the centuries and up to the present day.

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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. King John: the worst king in English history?
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    King John is remembered as a murderer, treacherous, and a loser; ‘a bad king’. On the plus side, he was probably the cleanest medieval king around, carrying a tin bath wherever he went travelling!
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  2. Britain and the global 1960s: youth culture and generational revolt
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Fowler
    This course offers an exploration of the 1960s in Britain. It addresses some of the myths of the period about the Beatles, the Mod Culture, the media representation of “Swinging” London; and Britain’s “1968”.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  3. 20th Century Britain: The Thatcher Age 1975-1997
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 17 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Fowler
    The fourth in a new cycle of modern British history courses, this course examines the transformative social and cultural change in Britain during the Thatcher Decade; probing how far the Thatcher Governments were responsible for social and cultural change. Or was this largely the work of provincial cultural entrepreneurs like Tony Wilson (“Mr Manchester”)?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00
  4. The merry monarch: Charles II & the Restoration era
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us for a six-week course to explore politics, society, religion and culture during the Stuart Restoration era, with reference to the reign of the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II (1660 – 1685) and the succession crisis that followed his death in 1685.
    Full fee £149.00
  5. Britain and France in the Hitler years
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alison Appleby
    This course will explore how Britain and France reacted to the rise of Hitler and how the Nazi dictatorship led to strife between former allies, but eventual partnership and triumph.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  6. A “Special” Relationship: Britain and the United States during the Cold War
    Course start date:  Wed 1 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore the changing nature of the Anglo-American “special” relationship from its



    creation against the backdrop of the Second World War through to the end of the Cold War.







    Tutor: Alexandre Dab



    Alex received his PhD in international history from the London School of Economics where he has been teaching classes on the international history of the 20th century, the Cold War, transatlantic relations, and European integration. His research deals with the rise of Europe as an increasingly cohesive diplomatic actor and its effect on the relation with the United States. Aside from his research, Alex has taken a particular interest in teaching, and he firmly believes in the importance of going beyond university to share his knowledge with a wider audience.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
  7. Magnificence and display under the Tudors
    Course start date:  Fri 3 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Explore how the Tudors cultivated the art of magnificence in the form of pageants, tapestries, paintings, jewellery and dress to detract from what was essentially a weak dynasty.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  8. The angry Angevins: 1154-1216
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Henry II is remembered for marrying Katherine Hepburn aka Eleanor of Aquitaine, his revolting sons and the murder of Becket. Richard I was a great soldier but an absentee monarch. His brother, John, has been dubbed the worst king in English history.







    Please note there will be no class on 2/7/24.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  9. Britain: the 1800s- poverty, industry & protest
    Course start date:  Thu 9 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    How did the working classes adapt to the social changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution? Shifting demographics, the rise of industry, child labour and the role of women in the industrial sphere are all themes that we will explore on this course, together with public protests against wages and living conditions.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Richard III: a medieval whodunit
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Who was responsible for the death of the princes in the Tower has to be the most publicised debate in British history. Does being a nice guy in the North mean you can’t be ruthless when the opportunity arises?
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  11. "From Birth to Battle: The RAF, 1914-1945"
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course will explore the history of the Royal Air Force from 1914 to 1945 and will be taught by Dr Matthew Powell.







    More information will follow as soon as possible.







    Dr. Powell a Teaching Fellow in Air Power and Strategic Studies at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell as part of the Portsmouth Military Education Team. He holds a PhD in Modern History from the University of Birmingham. His first book The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1940-1943: A History of Army Co-operation Command was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. He has published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals and is a regular TVP World (Poland) and British Forces TV. His current research investigates the relationship between the Air Ministry and the British aircraft industry in the inter-war period.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  12. Terrific Tudors: Act Three: Social life
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Explore the everyday life of men and women during the closing years of the Tudors as revealed in the works of local historians and other contemporary material.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
  13. Mary Queen of Scots
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jun 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Intrigue, murder, execution…despite over 500 years passing since her death, Mary’s colourful life continues to attract filmmakers, novelists, and historians alike. Join us to discover what Mary’s reign, abdication and execution may teach us about the instabilities of social, religious, and political life in Scotland and England in the 1500s.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  14. Irish history and identity 5: American and European Influences in the Modern Era
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Colm Hickey
    Although inextricably linked to Britain, Ireland’s history, identity, and nationhood has equally been shaped by its relationship with Europe. This course traces Ireland’s the influence of European and American



    politics.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
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