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. '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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. '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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Out of sight - life in the Victorian workhouse, prison and lunatic asylum

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 4 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, the rationale for the policies and approaches adopted, and some of the changes made in the Victorian era.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

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