British Studies Courses in London

Study the history, culture and politics of the British isles through the centuries and up to the present day.
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  1. Anglo-Saxon queens

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the Anglo-Saxon Queens before 1066. They have been largely forgotten and yet many of them were powerful women for example Cynethryth, wife of Offa of Mercia (d. 796) was the only queen to appear on coins until the sixteenth century.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The outcome of the General Election of 2019 was unimaginable even a few months previously, with the Conservatives taking seats that were solidly Labour since their creation in the early twentieth century. What explains this change? Will it last? What does it mean for the other parties? We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.



    We shall explore the changing way Britain has voted over the last seventy years and sketch how not just the British voter, but British society, has changed in a few generations.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £30.00

  3. Life and times of James II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Although his reign was one of the shortest in Britain James had a distinguished career before becoming king and an

    intriguing one in exile. A Catholic convert he was doomed to fail in Protestant Britain. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  4. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: the Stuart Restoration

    Course Date: Thu 27 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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).
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  5. Life and times of William and Mary

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Following the attempt by James II to re-establish Catholicism in Britain his daughter and son-in-law were invited to oust him to protect the Protestant church. To do so they had to grant more power to Parliament. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 7 Apr 2020
    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: £35.00
    Senior fee: £28.00
    Concession: £18.00

  7. Britain, the empire and slavery in the Caribbean: 1605-1807

    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Approximately 11 million Africans were taken as slaves by European traders to the Americas. In this course we will focus on British plantation cultures and societies in the Caribbean between 1605 and 1807.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. 20th century Britain: from empire to commonwealth

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 23 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The British empire reached both its zenith and its end in the 20th century. We will study debates about the new imperialism, the effect of war on empire and the timing and nature of decolonisation.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £101.00

  9. 'Seeing it through': the Home Front in Britain during the First and Second World Wars

    Course Date: Mon 27 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course explores the domestic impact of world war. Aspects covered include shortages, labour mobilisation (including that of women), aliens and conscious objectors. Also considered are air attacks, daily life (including leisure), aftermath and Remembrance.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  10. 1520: A year of bling, heresy and conquest

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 9 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1520 was a remarkable year that saw the meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I on the Field of the Cloth of Gold; the rise of Martin Luther as well as beginning of the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Landslide: the general elections of 1906, 1945 and 1997

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marking the 75th anniversary of the 1945 General Election, the course considers this and the two other ‘landslide’ elections of the 20th century. It explores the wider context, course and consequences of each General Election.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. Queen Victoria's other island: aspects of Anglo-Irish history, 1820s-1880s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 May 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We explore the triumphs and tragedies of Ireland under the Union at this time, including Catholic Emancipation and the Great Famine together with cultural, revolutionary and reformist movements culminating in the demand for Home Rule.
    Full fee: £35.00
    Senior fee: £28.00
    Concession: £18.00

  13. Britain and the Empire: The 1807 Abolition of the slave trade

    Course Date: Thu 4 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why did the British slave trade end in 1807 despite its apparent financial gains? Historians have long debated the reasons for the abolition of the slave trade, variously citing economic, social, political and moral factors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

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

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. Michael Collins and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one day workshop in which we will assess the career and complex legacy of the Irish dissident, politician and military leader, Michael Collins.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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