British & Irish history

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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.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of 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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    How can we best understand the significance of Oliver Cromwell for English history? We will explore Cromwell’s rise to power, and his brief rule as the so-called ‘Good Constable’ of the Commonwealth during the 1653-1658 Protectorate.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Bloody Mary: the life and times of Mary Tudor
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    How did Mary I of England negotiate her position as an English Catholic monarch in the Reformation era, and what is her social and political significance for English history?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  3. Living and dying in 14th century England
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Was it a poker or prayer that killed Edward II? His great-grandson, Richard II, produced the first English cookery book and yet he was also deposed and murdered. Were his recipes that bad?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Before the NHS : Seeking relief- a social history of health, disease and medical care in Britain, 1900-1948.
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Street
    These years witnessed medical advances and controversies - birth control, disability/mental healthcare issues and diet/lifestyle innovations. War and its aftermath saw new treatments, growing (local) government involvement/institutions and, 75 years ago, the National Health Service.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. Britain: Politics and Protest in the 1800s
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    The 1800s witnessed significant change in political life in Britain, including the rise of flamboyant ‘radical’ politicians, pubic protest movements like Chartism and the emergence of the trade union movement. Equally importantly, the 1800’s also witnessed the emergence of a women’s suffrage movement.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
  6. War and Austerity: politics, culture and society in Britain and Ireland, 1939-1955
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Street
    Aspects covered include life on the Home Front in the UK and under the Emergency in Eire; the making of the post war world at home and abroad; the Arts, Science, leisure and popular culture.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  7. Daemonologie: Witch trials, witch hunting and the Scottish Reformation.
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Nearly 4,000 individuals were accused of witchcraft in Scotland in the Early Modern period - approximately three times the total number of prosecutions that took place in England. Join us to explore the religious, cultural and political factors that informed attitudes to witches, witch-hunting and witch trials in Scotland.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  8. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the Stuart Restoration
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    We will explore society, religion and culture during the Stuart Restoration, with reference to the reigns of the ‘Merry



    Monarch’ Charles II (1660 – 1685) and James II (1685 – 1688).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
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    100% of 100
  9. Elizabeth I: marriage, warfare and foreign policy
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    The Virgin Queen, Gloriana and Good Queen Bess are just a few of the names given to Elizabeth I, who remains one of the most iconic monarchs in British history.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
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  10. Wolf Hall and beyond: Fact and fiction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Whether you enjoyed reading the novels or simply want to blag your way through life without reading them, this day school is for you.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  11. England, Scotland and the Irish Plantation System
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 4 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Although the kings of England had claimed overlordship of Ireland since the late 1100s, it was during the Reformation era that that the system of ‘planting’ English and Scottish settlers began to take place. How did these settlements come about, what impact did they have on the social, political and cultural landscapes of Ireland?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Britain: The rise of the Institution : the workhouse, the prison and the asylum
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us for a four-week course in which we will explore the history of three key institutions – the workhouse, the asylum and the prison. Why did institutions become so systematic in the 1800s and what was life like for people who lived and worked in them?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £45.00
  13. The life and times of Edward VII
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Edward VII was heir for nearly 60 years and often in conflict with his parents. He had a popular wife and charmed all those he met. When he succeeded he surprised many with his successful reign.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  14. 'A plague on both thy houses': the Wars of the Roses
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    After Larry Olivier’s / Kenneth Branagh’s victory at Agincourt, it was downhill for England until the advent of the Tudors! We explode that Shakespearian myth.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    40% of 100
  15. Mary, William and Anne: the later Stuart Dynasty
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Following the deposal of their father James II & VII, Mary ruled jointly with her husband William from 1689-1694, after which she was succeeded first by William, and then her younger sister Anne from 1702-1714. Join us to explore the lives, intrigues, politics, religion and society of these later Stuart monarchs – what challenges did these monarchs face and how enduring were their legacies? To what extent did Mary and Anne see one another as rivals?



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00

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