British studies

Study the history, culture and politics of the British isles through the centuries and up to the present day.
  1. From the Great Exhibition to the Festival of Britain: the nation on display, 1851-1951

    Course Date: Tue 7 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    National exhibitions were a recurrent and popular feature of these years. In addition to the aforementioned, the background, nature, impact and legacy of imperial shows and joint exhibitions with France and Japan are also considered.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  2. British politics, culture and society, 1901-1945

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through a series of interactive lectures explore the history of early 20th century Britain- the political and economic issues together with the impact and consequences of two world wars and changes in the position of women, leisure and daily life.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  3. Victorian Britain: 1830-1867

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore through a series of interactive lectures the development of and change in Early Victorian Britain. From the industrializing economy, politics, religion, science and culture to population and urban growth, development of railways and mass leisure.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  4. Votes for Women - the Aftermath: women, politics and 'feminine' issues, 1918-1939

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    But what did happen after enfranchisement? Aspects explored include adjusting to peace, women as voters and parliamentary candidates, policies pursued by those elected and women’s involvement in social/political campaigns, pacifism and response to international developments.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. Life and times of Anne, Queen of Great Britain

    Course Date: Sun 25 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This day course will provide an interactive lecture with opportunities for discussion on Queen Anne, who was the last of the Stuarts and who had suffered much personal tragedy but she ruled over an increasingly prosperous nation that had unprecedented military success in Europe under the Duke of Marlborough. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. A Dickens of a time : the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign.

    We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas

    season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  7. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore through a series of interactive lectures the major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society, politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour movement and the domestic consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. British politics, culture and society, 1945-1997

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture outline course considers Britain’s political history and such issues as the vicissitudes of the economy, decolonisation and ‘Europe’. Changes in social attitudes and leisure, together with the position of women and youth also feature.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  9. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his

    father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. 'The setting of the sun': Britain and de-colonisation, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Tue 9 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores how and why during these years Britain ceased to have an empire on which the sun never set. It considers international and domestic pressures/events alongside the territories’ independence movements and British responses.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  11. 19th Century Britain and Empire

    Course Date: Mon 13 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An interactive lecture course that explores the Second British Empire, which emerged after the loss of North America took new forms. We will study debates about the nature of empire, motivations, structures, expansion and relationships between centre and peripheries over time.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £61.00

  12. 'Something in the air': an outline history of radical thought and action in Britain, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the 1930s rejected, radical government policies, eventual prosperity and new ways of thinking/ acting emerged postwar. Aspects covered include Celtic nationalism, squatting, CND, popular music and the making of the‘permissive society’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. 'We are the masters now': British politics, culture and society, 1945-1958

    Course Date: Mon 3 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course considers Britain’s political, economic, social and cultural history in an age of Austerity and Affluence. Topics include nationalisation, Indian Independence and Suez alongside war recovery programmes, welfare policies, the arts, consumerism and youth.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

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