History & The Arts

Genius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.

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Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin.

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An introduction to music theory

Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will introduce you to music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures. This OpenLearn course provides an introduction to music theory pitched at a level equivalent to Grades 1–3 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music theory exams. You can test your understanding as you proceed by completing simple multiple-choice questions.

Free course
8 hrs
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Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

On 24th January 1965 Winston Churchill died. To mark the anniversary of his death, we take a look at some of the highlights as well as the controversies of his career.

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History & The Arts 

Genius of the Ancient World

Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.

TV Programme
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The Bletchley Park connection

The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by British codebreakers during the Second World War.

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Understanding musical scores

This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.

Free course
12 hrs
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The debate on the origins of the First World War

The way historians have viewed the causes of WWI has changed in the hundred years since war broke out.

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The Somme: The German perspective

How do Germans view the Battle of The Somme?

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Death on the eve of Armistice

Flu and a last gasp of fighting claimed lives even as the First World War was coming to a close. Michael Palin spoke to two experts to find out why.

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10 mins