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Explore the events of the past, and how they鈥檝e shaped the world we live in today. Immerse yourself in different eras, marvel at historic achievements, and examine how different things could have been.  

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All of our courses are designed to help develop your 台湾swag in historical research and analysis, encouraging you to look beyond the surface of key historical moments. From the history of King Arthur to World War I and II, you鈥檒l develop a better understanding of key historic customs, beliefs, and ways of life.   

Whether you consider yourself a history buff with decades of experience, or someone just starting out that wants to learn more, you can choose from a wide selection of topics.   

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A variety of our history courses are taught in-person or are delivered online - it all depends on what suits your needs best. From the comfort of your own home to a space in your local community. Whichever option you choose, you鈥檒l be taught by a talented tutor who is vastly experienced.   

The support you鈥檒l receive on our history courses  

They'll help you develop an understanding that goes beyond just what's on the surface, all within a friendly and encouraging environment that ensures you attend each session with the excitement to learn.   

It鈥檚 our learning experience that sets us apart too, with many of those attending our courses going on to achieve incredible things. You鈥檒l learn at a pace that鈥檚 comfortable for you too, with a friendly supportive tutor on hand to answer any questions you might have. 

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History: Memories and Myths: Why does History Matter?

Does history matter? How does your view of the past affect your approach to the present? Whose interpretations can you trust? As debates rage about the legacy of the British Empire and the pulling down of statues, this course gives you an opportunity to take a more nuanced look at some of the issues involved. You will be able to look at case-studies, and to explore questions about the nature of history and the way we discuss it. The course will help you to form your own views on these controversial topics.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 20/04/2024 -
Sat 20/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Cornerstone (Wokingham)
Norreys Avenue
Wokingham
RG40 1UE
Tutor:
Symon Hill
Course code:
Q00013781
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢36.00

History: The Course of Irish History 鈥 1848 to the Good Friday Agreement

This second part of two courses traces events from the Great Hunger of 1848-9 up unto the turn of our present century. Fenianism, Home Rule and Land Reform struggles , the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, partition, the Civil War and then the separate fortunes of Northern Ireland and the Free State, (later the Republic) will all be discussed in depth. We conclude with the Civil Rights movement, the Troubles and the peace process. Throughout we use a wealth of documentary evidence, the latest historical analysis, news reports, art, literature, film and photography to illuminate a compelling narrative.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014215
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to 拢74.00

Care 2 Make a Nice Cup of Tea 鈥 The History of Tea and Tea Drinking

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me to find out about history of tea and tea drinking, we'll find out where we got our love of tea and the traditions that surround it. Tea has helped to shape our social traditions , support the rise of the British Empire and contributed to the mighty momentum of the industrial revolution

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00014599
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

History: A short history of Palestine/ Israel 1897-2024

A brief five session history of the region since the end of the 19th century covering the rule of the Ottomans, the British Mandate and the post 1947 story. We will seek to objectively establish how Ottoman lands post World War One became a British Mandate and then the state of Israel. Throughout we will look at historical analysis, the documentary evidence and contested ideas. We will cover the Zionist movement, the Balfour Declaration, the role of other powers in the region as well as the United Nations and the West and much more.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Petts Wood Memorial Hall (Petts Wood)
200 Petts Wood Road
Petts Wood
BR5 1LA
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014692
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢50.00

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Personal Development: Exploring Heritage of Freeman Street, Grimsby

This course is for a closed group of users of the Foresight North East Lincolnshire day care centre for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD). Delivered in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on the enjoyment of sharing existing knowledge of and discovering local history and heritage. Students will be assisted to develop basic digital 台湾swag and research 台湾swag to explore the history and heritage of a specific area of Grimsby town, namely, Freeman Street. They will be encouraged to use digital solutions to develop or improve their basic digital 台湾swag and research 台湾swag for finding information, images and video

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Foresight Centre, Grimsby (Grimsby)
60 Newmarket Street
Grimsby
DN32 7SF
Tutor:
Trevor Parsons
Course code:
Q00014468
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢84.00

History: 'Wish you were here鈥 鈥 a history of holidays through the ages

What did it feel like to be a holiday maker in the past? Originally holidays were just Holy Days and a chance to make merry but they didn鈥檛 involve you leaving home. Travel for leisure really does not start until the 17th century with trips to a spa or seaside town for health reasons and to enjoy the social life. Later the Grand Tour is available for the wealthy. Change comes with the railways and cheap day trips, and in the 20th century paid holidays, seaside towns and holiday camps. Over the last 50 years overseas holidays, have been within the reach of many but what do current environmental and social concerns mean for the future? Join the class to find out more.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 28/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00013710
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢44.40

History: From Hot War to Cold War - a history of the cold war

How did the world emerge from the second world war and within two years find itself in a 鈥楥old War鈥 a new kind of conflict fought mostly through politics and propaganda rather than through military combat? The Soviet Union, the UK and the USA were allies during the second world war, and its leaders met at several summit meetings to discuss the arrangements for the post war world. How did this relationship break down in the years that followed? What were the major events which precipitate this change, and how were they viewed by politicians and the public? Join the class to find out how it started, investigate some of the major flashpoints and events and how it ended

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 28/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00013733
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢50.40

History: The House of Wessex: Intermediate

In this course we will look at how Anglo-Saxon England had almost collapsed under the threat of the Norse conquest, and how the House of Wessex responded to that. In the term, we will examine the later reign of King Alfred and his successors, and the contributions they made not only in terms of bringing about the end of Danelaw, but also how English practices and texts became uniquely significant. We will then examine how the later heirs to the house of Wessex were able to completely end Danish rule and usher in a substantial restoration of late Anglo-Saxon England.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014281
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to 拢81.40

History: The Myths Behind our Constellations

Ever looked up at the night sky, or the signs of the zodiac, and wondered how the constellations got their names? Why anyone would think those random dots were 鈥渙bviously鈥 a picture of some strange creature? Or what the stories are behind them? This one-session course picks out some of them that are appropriate to the time of year, and shows why they were important, what their myths are, and how the stories fit together. Today, 23rd April, is St George鈥檚 Day, and so we will look at the various myths behind Draco, the Dragon. That includes how the continent of Europe got its name, the founding of Thebes, how Hercules tricked Atlas, and the great war between the Olympians and the Giants. The poor dragon gets killed every time (though not by George).

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00014303
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢7.40

History: The British Dark Ages

On this beginners鈥 history course we will take a detailed look at the importance of Mercia as a realm in Anglo-Saxon England, charting how this region in particular came to be so politically powerful and important, and what we can say about its administration and kings. We will also go on to look at the life and times of King Offa, and eventually the appearance of the Vikings on British shores! This is a great course to start learning more about both British history and the origins of Viking history, in the historical era known as the Dark Ages.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014259
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢81.40