British Studies Courses 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. Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Henry VII ruled England from the moment he seized the crown following the Battle of Bosworth until his death in 1509, yet there is nothing inevitable about the foundation of the Tutor dynasty. Just how strong was the Tudor claim to the throne and what is Henry VII’s legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. Ireland under the Union: 1798-1914

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the background to and experience of Ireland under the Union, including Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and Ulster Unionism together with cultural, revolutionary and reformist movements culminating in the demand for Home Rule.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. Innovators: meet the Victorians

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What did the Victorians do for us? Taking a different topic each week, we will explore a range of scientific developments in the period, including in medicine, engineering, public health, and crime and punishment.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Early Victorian Britain: 1830-1867

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  5. Art, image and history in Anglo-Saxon England

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore important and intriguing examples of Anglo-Saxon art from A.D. 600 to 1100. Beginning with the Sutton Hoo Treasure, the course concludes with the Bayeux Tapestry.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. Mary, Queen of Scots

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Intrigue, murder execution…over 500 years on from her death, Mary’s colourful life continues to attract filmmakers and novelists alike. What can her reign, abdication and execution teach us about the social instabilities of social, religious and political life in Scotland and England in the 1500s?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Thatcherism and its legacy

    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    ’Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister thirty years ago. Yet what were the policies, philosophy, and legacy of Thatcherism? Does the Conservative Government’s response to Covid-19 show that the country has now moved on?'.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Willingly to school? The provision and experience of elementary education in England, 1800-1914

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The 1870 Education Act sought to ‘fill in the gaps’. Marking the Act’s 150th anniversary the course explores the growth/nature of elementary education in 19th century England alongside its rationale, diversity and the opposition encountered.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  9. The Reformation: reassessing the reign of Henry VIII

    Course Date: Thu 29 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Portrayed as both an icon and a tyrant in portraits, cartoons, novels films and on television, Henry VIII is one of England’s most instantly recognisable kings. However, fictitious portraits have in many ways obscured the more serious side of Henry, particularly his own religious beliefs and his Reformation legacies.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  10. Britain: Industry and protest in the 1800s

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online


    How did the working classes adapt to the industrial revolution of the 1800s? Shifting demographics, the rise of industry, child labour and the role of women in the industrial sphere are all themes we will explore on this course, together with public protests against wages and living conditions.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  11. The changing British voter: Taking back control?

    Course Date: Thu 12 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. Gardening for all: How gardening became our national obsession

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    We pride themselves on being a nation of gardeners but when did our national obsession start and how did it spread from being an elite form of recreation to being one enjoyed by everyone today?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Witchcraft in early modern Scotland

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a Scottish witch and how do they differ from English witches? On this short course, we will explore the religious, cultural and political factors that informed attitudes to witches, witch-hunting and witch trials in Scotland.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Life and times of George I

    Life and times of George I

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From being the ruler of an obscure German electorate George I suddenly became king of on the most powerful nations in the world in his fifties. He was never popular in his new kingdom but established a constitutional monarchy which has survived to today. Explore his life and world on this interactive lecture cours.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  15. T’was the night before Christmas: how the English festive season evolved in the 19th century

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Christmas was of limited significance in early 19th century England. But it changed fundamentally thereafter. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that was to constitute the ‘traditional’/Victorian Festive Season.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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