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We offer a fantastic range of history courses, from local history to world history -all exploring a diverse and exciting range of themes. Our specialist tutors are history experts and enthusiasts and you will study with a wide range of students with different perspectives and ideas. No qualifications are necessary – we welcome everyone. (Please note that areas of historical focus will vary from term to term.)

“A Rude and Heady People”: The North of England in the Tudor Era View details

Were the people of the north of England, a large geographical area stretching from Berwick upon Tweed to York, really that difficult to govern, so different from people in other areas of the country and so uncivilised as the quotation suggests? Who led then? Who spoke for them? Which issues concerned them at the time? How did they react to change in the Tudor era and with what results? Who rose to favour or fell from favour and what about the population as a whole? Come along to a relaxed and enjoyable course to explore answers to these and many other questions.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

“Herstory”: The Forgotten Women of History View details

Why are men are at the forefront when we talk about history? Who are the forgotten, yet ground-breaking, women of history? How does gender affect our daily lives and how has this changed over time? From Anne Lister’s diaries to the second wave feminists’ idea of wages for housework, from early animationist Lotte Reiniger to the quite recent Magdalene Laundries, we examine changing perceptions about gender and gender roles through the last 300 years.

1066 and all that - Battle of Hastings View details

This course will carefully examine the situation facing the rise of Harold Godwinson in 1066, and the pressures he faced upon his accession. We will go on to look at the rival claimants to the English throne, their motives and their manoeuvres. We will finally look in more detail at the circumstances surrounding the fateful battles of Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and consider reasons for their outcomes and the kind of tactics used, before making a final analysis of the success of William the Conqueror and his achievement of the English throne by the end of the year.

70 Years that Transformed Britain - 1637-1707 View details

In 70 years the British political world is turned upside down. One King is publicly executed and his second son flees into exile after the last successful foreign invasion of these isles. By the end of this period, Parliament is politically dominant, Protestantism is in the ascendancy, Ireland is a colony and a new political entity - Britain - has been created. None of this was inevitable. So whilst this course looks at what happened and why, it also examines movements that did not succeed. The political radicals - Levellers, Diggers- the messianic religious groups - the Ranters and Shakers - and try and see them in their own light. Whilst these 70 years are amongst the important decades in British history, dynamism is not limited to politics. With great literature - Paradise Lost, Pilgrim's Progress, Restoration comedies - pioneering science - Newton, Hooke, Royal Society - and fascinating insight into day to day life - Pepys Diaries,-this is history that resonates down the ages

A Catastrophic Century: Plantagenets III View details

A tumultuous century where truth is stranger than fiction. Drama, intrigue, rivalry, treachery, deviancy, pestilence, famine, and the overthrow of a king. Conflicts that pitted sons against fathers and wives against husbands; Over-mighty subjects including de Montfort, Gaveston and Despenser as well as strong, powerful queens like Eleanor of Provence, Eleanor of Castile and the ‘She-Wolf,’ Isabella of France. Ignored and mostly unknown to most people, this was the calamitous Plantagenet century, 1250 – 1351.

A History of Ideas View details

This ten week course identifies ten important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The ten ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.

A History of Ideas View details

It is a multidisciplinary course, drawing on ideas from philosophy, art, history and literature. Each session will focus on a text and we will discuss the impact of its key ideas. Ideas include: the invention of history; the political lessons of Machiavelli; what is beauty?; the revenge tragedies of Seneca; the discovery and implications of genetics.

A History of Ideas View details

This ten week course identifies ten important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The ten ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.

A History of Ideas View details

This nine week course identifies nine important ideas that shaped human development. Where do these ideas come from and where does the actual word originate from that describes the ideas. The nine ideas are: Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, Industrialization, ideologies, Feminism, Darwinism, environmentalism, postmodernism, Islam. What has been the impact upon society from these ideas.