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British Studies 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. 'A plague on both thy houses': the wars of the roses

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. Britain: Politics and protest in the 1800s

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. Anglo-Saxon England from the Viking raid on Lindisfarne to the Norman Conquest

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore this fascinating period in Anglo-Saxon history, from the Viking raids to the Norman invasion.

    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: £66.00

  4. Bloody Mary: The life and times of Mary Tudor

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  5. ‘The Open Road’: A social history of motoring in Britain, 1896-1939

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course explores the rise and social/cultural impact of mass motoring in war and peace. Aspects considered include marketing, garages, opposition to (women) motorists and safety concerns together with motoring organisations, maps/guides and leisure destinations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  6. Eating and drinking in the Middle Ages

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 30 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Archaeology, household accounts and recipe books from the 14th century allow us to visualise the medieval diet

    of men and women from all levels of society. We can read menus used at coronation banquets and view food

    illustrations in manuscripts. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Life and times of George II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 14 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the

    instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah. His reign marked the high point of

    Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift. In politics, Robert Walpole created the post of Prime Minister and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rebellion was the last attempt by the Stuarts to regain power and made him into an instant legend. Towards the end of the reign men like Pitt, Wolfe and Clive laid the foundations of the British empire whilst the Agricultural Revolution was transforming British society.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Women in the Victorian period

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 17 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Meek, willing, subservient – this is the traditional stereotype most often associated with women in the Victorian era. How did women really live in the period and what were some of the social challenges that they faced?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  9. The Golden Age of Elizabeth I

    Course Date: Thu 25 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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 widely recognised monarchs in British history. How can we best evaluate Elizabeth’s reign, and in what ways was the era a ‘Golden Age?’.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  10. Life and times of George III

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the life and times of George 111 the first English born monarch for over 70 years whose reign saw both the loss of the American colonies and the birth of a new industrial, agricultural and scientific age.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Oliver Cromwell: an introduction to the Protectorate era

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    What is the significance of Oliver Cromwell for British history? On this one-day workshop we will explore Cromwell’s brief rule as the ‘Good Constable’ of the Commonwealth during the 1653-1658 Protectorate era.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. The British Empire: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    During what is sometimes referred to as Britain's ‘imperial century’ some 400 million people became subjects of the British Empire. What were some of the key events and places in the 1800s when Britain was at the height of its power?

    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: £39.00

  13. ‘Goodbye to all that’: politics, culture and society in Britain, 1970-1979

    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This decade shaped late 20th century Britain. The course explores its significant political/economic challenges, major industrial disputes and fierce debates over EEC accession/devolution. Also explored are1970s culture (‘serious’ and ‘popular’) and wider social changes.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. The Dis/united Kingdom: the relationship between the Four Nations, 1801-1998

    Course Date: Tue 11 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    England dominated the United Kingdom from its formation (1801). The course explores how each of the other territories retained/developed a sense of national identity - from culture to terrorism- together with the government’s role and response.

    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: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  15. 'Steam under pressure': Britain’s railways in the First World War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    The course explores Britain’s railways’ contribution to the war effort including workforce enlistment, transporting participants/weapons and engaging more women. Also considered are the railways’ response to attack and their role in Remembrance and battlefield pilgrimages.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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