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.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Mary Queen of Scots
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Intrigue, murder execution…over 500 years on from her death, Mary’s colourful life continues to attract filmmakers and novelists alike. What can her reign, abdication and execution teach us about the social instabilities of social, religious and political life in Scotland and England in the 1500s?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  2. Britain and the Empire: the 1807 abolition of the slave trade
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Why did the British slave trade end in 1807 despite its apparent financial advantages? Historians have long debated the reasons for the abolition of the slave trade, variously citing economic, social, political and moral factors. How can we reconcile these competing theories over the reasons why the slave trade ended?
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £57.00
  3. Go to the Warres:’ Women, Power and the English Civil Wars
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Spies, military strategists, couriers, petitioners, soldiers, nurses – women played an extraordinary variety of roles during the English Civil Wars of the 1640s. In this session, we will explore the significance of women’s participation for both the Royalist and Parliamentarian causes. What motivated women and what can their experiences teach us about the nature of the relationship between gender, power and warfare in the era?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  4. Colonial expansion, the Caribbean and the Golden Age of Piracy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Raise the Jolly Roger, we’re off to the Caribbean! With thousands of pirates active globally, the late 1600s and early 1700s have been referred to as the ‘Golden Age of Piracy.’ On this short course we will discover the people who joined pirate crews; what life was like on board a pirate ship; and the reasons why pirate crews are referred to as early democracies.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £25.00

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