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. Garden history in 10 objects: a hands-on introduction to the history of British gardens and horticulture

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Interested in gardens? Want to know more about their history, who made them and why? Find out more at this fun day with a serious purpose! Hands-on investigation of some garden-related objects & lively illustrated lectures.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Life and times of Charles II

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 24 Nov 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Merry Monarch Charles II survived Civil War, the death of his father and the Republican Experiment. When he was restored he needed all his wit to steer a course through his 25 year reign.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 10 Dec 2019
    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: £15.00

  4. 'Against the grain': political, social and cultural radicalism in Britain, 1815-1914

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture course examines radical ideas and action notably the right to vote, the governing/composition of the UK, gender relations, animal welfare, (non-) religious belief, socialism, anarchism, terrorism and the Arts from the later 19th century.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Religion and popular culture in early modern Britain

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores religious and cultural change from the Reformation to the eighteenth century. It takes a comparative look at England and Scotland, asking how religion impacted popular beliefs and the observance of holidays and festivals.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  6. British politics, culture and society, 1945-97

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. England and the Continent in the age of Bede

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture-based course examines the changes and achievements across England and Europe during the earlier medieval period. We consider the cultural, political, and religious environment in which was changing during the time of Bede. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  8. 17th century England, revolution and restoration: Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate

    Course Date: Thu 16 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  9. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Last year’s European Elections saw the ‘major parties’, Labour and Conservative, win only 25 per cent of the vote; by contrast, the ‘minor parties’ won 75 per cent – with the upstart Brexit Party topping the poll with a third of the vote. Will a populist wave bring the Brexit Party to power? Are we seeing the end of the Conservatives? Where should Labour go from here? 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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. 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

  11. Cromwell and Ireland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is a one day workshop focussing on Irish politics during the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell’s controversial military campaigns, and Ireland during the Protectorate.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. '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

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