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Explore the events of the past, and how they’ve 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 skills 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’ll 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’ll be taught by a talented tutor who is vastly experienced.   

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

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History: Classical Mythology and its Symbolism

Are you fascinated by myths and mythology? Then this is the course for you! On this 10-week, online course you will read from, explore and enjoy selections from an array of the great texts that belong to the body of work and traditions of the Classical world. You will discuss the fascination that mythology continues to have over the modern mind, thinking about how and why these works and stories still resonate and have related to us for so long, as well as setting them against their own time and seeking to understand their original purpose. In doing so we will evaluate genre, style and form, as well as considering authorship and the culture through appraising the backgrounds and situations of each text and particular writers whilst also looking into modern art and culture that draws on these myths for influence; all texts will be read in English translation and it is hoped that you will take the analytic skills you gain on this course back into your community or your workplace. No experience is necessary, just bring your enthusiasm!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/01/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00012608
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

History: History of the English Language

From the great Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England through to the English we speak today, this course explores the language via raiders and traders, taking you on a journey through some of the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape the English language. We will explore the evolution of our language from its origins with the Anglo-Saxon settlement; the Viking invasion; the words of the Bible; the effect of Shakespeare and the English bards; Sea travel and Naval slang; pronunciation with all its differences, and accents and dialect.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (Berkhamsted)
289 High Street
Berkhamsted
HP4 1AJ
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013343
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: A Global History of Empire

Ever wanted to learn more about the global world? This course aims to provide an introduction to the global history of Empire by exploring the different ways they rose, functioned, and fell, and their legacy in our own times.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 04/04/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Long Sutton Village Hall (Long Sutton)
Martock Road
Long Sutton
TA10 9NT
Tutor:
Greg Morter
Course code:
Q00013536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

History: Daily Life in Egypt

Sources from ancient Egypt don’t just tell us about tombs and death, we can learn a lot about life over 3000 years ago as well. Egyptians could write frankly, satirically, or even humorously providing a fascinating insight into an ancient society. In a course suitable for all we consider topics such as work, play, education, games, birth, death, love and more. You will read texts and view images from ancient Egypt in order to explore and evaluate the evidence for the daily life of individuals and the elite in ancient Egypt

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
1:45pm - 4:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Wanstead House (London)
21 The Green
Wanstead
London
E11 2NT
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00012110
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £52.50

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Homeland to Hamas: A guide to a greater understanding of the Middle East conflict

For many people the events in the Middle East are horrifying, worrying and confusing. It can be difficult to navigate the often bewildering complexities of the conflict and its historical context. This course is for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of this troubled area. We will explore the claims to Palestine from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives, investigate the progression of the conflict from 1917 to 2011 covering the impact of both world wars, foreign involvement and the different wars and insurrections that have broken out over this period.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 29/04/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
David Halliwell
Course code:
Q00012907
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £66.60

History: The History of Essex in 10 objects

Essex museums are full of wonderful and sometimes surprising objects. Join us as we unlock the secrets of some of these and discover what they tell us about everyday life in Essex in the past. Drawing from collections across the county, we will cover a range of times and topics and give you some ideas for places to visit next and how to get the most out of your visit.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Bardfield Quaker Meeting House (Great Ba
Brook Street
Great Bardfield
CM7 4RG
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013354
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: Famous Trials Revisited

In the course titled "Famous Trials Revisited," Peter Blood will revisit and re-examine several trials that he previously taught in Chichester and Bognor between 2014 and 2016. The primary objective of this endeavour is to gain a deeper comprehension of the political, social, and legal significance associated with these trials. By taking a second look at these cases, Peter Blood aims to uncover new insights and perspectives that may have been overlooked initially. Through this process of re-evaluation, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the broader implications and complexities surrounding these famous trials.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
St Paul's Church Hall (Chichester)
Churchside
Chichester
PO19 6FT
Tutor:
Peter Blood
Course code:
Q00012684
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Homeland to Hamas: A guide to a greater understanding of the Middle East conflict

For many people the events in the Middle East are horrifying, worrying and confusing. It can be difficult to navigate the often bewildering complexities of the conflict and its historical context. This course is for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of this troubled area. We will explore the claims to Palestine from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives, investigate the progression of the conflict from 1917 to 2011 covering the impact of both world wars, foreign involvement and the different wars and insurrections that have broken out over this period.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 30/04/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Mechanics (Nottingham)
3 North Sherwood Street
Nottingham
NG1 4EZ
Tutor:
David Halliwell
Course code:
Q00012913
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

History: Smuggling in Essex - The Romance and the Reality

How do the popular representations of smuggling in novels, songs, poems, paintings and film match up to the reality of the trade on the Essex coast in the 18th century? We will look at some of the enduring romantic depictions alongside official records and reports to consider the reality of life for people up and down the Essex coast whether engaged in smuggling or the fight against it. This fascinating course is open to all!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The United Reformed Church (Halstead)
Kings Road
Halstead
CO9 1HJ
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013658
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £31.50

History: Ancient Egypt’s Cultural Heart - The Middle Kingdom

Ancient Egyptian civilization endured for three thousand years and includes a 300-year period termed by Egyptologists the Middle Kingdom. In this course suitable for both newcomers and those with more experience of ancient Egypt we explore this fascinating period in Egypt’s history. The Middle Kingdom in Egypt is a time of literature, pyramids, conquest and fascinating artefacts. In this course which will be rich in visuals but also include some texts we will explore different types of evidence together in an informal setting to seek to understand more about this pivotal time in ancient Egypt.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Woodley Hill House (Reading)
Woodley Hill House
45 Eastcourt Avenue
Reading
RG6 1HH
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00012306
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00