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  1. 17th England, Revolution and Restoration: these distracted times: the 1642–1651 civil wars
    Course start date:  Thu 26 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    Join us for a ten-week course to discover the history of the 1642–1651 Civil Wars. From divided families to the breakdown of censorship and rise of propaganda, to innovations in warfare and medicine and the growth of religious sects and witchhunting, for the people who lived through the era, the Civil Wars really did make the world seem ‘turned upside down.'.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  2. Terrific Tudors: Act One Foundation of the dynasty through to the last years of Henry V111
    Course start date:  Mon 30 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    We chart the rise of a dynasty from obscure Welsh origins to the end of the reign of Henry VIII that saw the dismantling of the Catholic church and the rise of the state.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  3. The life and times of Ignatius Sancho: slave, composer, man of letters, grocer and first Black British voter
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Explore the life of the 18th century black Londoner, Ignatius Sancho. Orphaned on a slave ship bound for South America he had many lives in London: in service to noble family in Greenwich, a businessman, elector, correspondent with Laurence Sterne and others and composer of music. After his early death many of his letters were published and helped to raise awareness of the plight of black slaves and ex-slaves and fuel the drive to the abolition of slavery.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  4. Irish history & identity 2 : From the coming of the English invasion in 1169 to the Coronation of Henry VIII as King of Ireland in 1541.
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Nov 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 development from the coming of the English invasion in 1169 to the Coronation of Henry V111 as King of Ireland in 1541.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. British history: Healers, health care and hospitals from the Romans to the late 20th Century 
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Explore the development of healers (doctors, nurses, midwives, and others), health care and hospitals in Britain between the early medieval period and the late 20th Century.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  6. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate era
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    A 'Brave, Bad Man?' Join us to explore the life of Oliver Cromwell, from his rise to power during the Civil Wars to his brief rule as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth in the period 1653-1658. We will also assess the brief Protectorate rule of Cromwell's son, Richard, and his deposal in 1659.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  7. Irish history and identity 4: American and European Influences in Irish History 1798-1924
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Feb 2025

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  8. The Great Plague of London 1665
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Mar 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Thanks to Samuel Pepys and the survival of mortality bills we can chart the progress of plague across the city in 1665 and 1666.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  9. 'Your neighbour has flown': The Cambridge spy ring
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ellen Carpenter
    On this weekend workshop we will explore the significance of the Cambridge Spy Ring for British Cold War history. What prompted men like Kim Philby, Guy Burgess, Donald MacLean and the Queen’s art historian Anthony Blunt to betray their country’s secrets to the USSR and what were the repercussions for Britain and the British intelligence services?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  10. Saints, scholars, sportsmen & soldiers: How religion,politics, education, sports & war shaped Irish identity 1850-1884
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 7 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Colm Hickey
    Ireland has always been a divided nation and apart from religion, other issues that divided the country were politics, education, sport and wars. This course explores Irish history from The Famine to creation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884.



    This course forms the first part of an accessible ‘beginners guide’ to Irish history and will help participants gain a general overview of the development of mid-Victorian Ireland from an island ruled by England to the creation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free state in 1922.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  11. Irish history and identity 5: American and European Influences in the Modern Era
    Course start date:  Thu 8 May 2025

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  12. The merry monarch: Charles II & the Restoration era
    Course start date:  Thu 8 May 2025

    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Bad Queens of England? Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Angouleme
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vanessa King
    Eleanor failed to produce a son for Louis VII and urged her sons by Henry II to rebellion. Isabella abandoned her children by King John to start anew in France with her daughter’s fiancé. We consider their roles as queens.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
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