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    Why do we have a two minutes’ silence on 11th November?

    By Professor Annika Mombauer, Dr Vincent Trott

    Have you ever wondered where the two minutes' silence originated? Has the practice stayed unchanged since 1919? Find...

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  • Why do we have a two minutes’ silence on 11th November?

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    Have you ever wondered where the two minutes' silence originated? Has the practice stayed unchanged since 1919? Find out here...
  • The Experience and Memory of 11 November 1918

    By Dr Vincent Trott

    Were the British people as jubilant as some newspapers depict on the day of the Armistice in 1918? Vincent...

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    Were the British people as jubilant as some newspapers depict on the day of the Armistice in 1918? Vincent Trott explores the mixed feelings at the...
  • The Armistice in Fiction: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End

    By Dr Sara Haslam

    How are celebration, silence and ambiguity used to depict the armistice in A Man Could Stand Up - ...

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  • The Armistice in Fiction: Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End

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    How are celebration, silence and ambiguity used to depict the armistice in A Man Could Stand Up - volume 3 of Parade’s End by...
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    Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

    By The OpenLearn team

    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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  • Hitler's rise and fall: Timeline

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2018
    Track the key events in Hitler's life, from his childhood in Austria to his suicide in the bunker in Berlin.
  • How did Aretha Franklin inspire the civil rights movement?

    By Leah Kardos

    Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US...

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    Aretha Franklin's death last week saw the loss not just of a sublime singer, but also one of key figures in the US Civil Rights movement. Leah Kardos pays...
  • Exploring Religion in London

    By Professor John Wolffe, Dr John Maiden

    Take a guided tour around 8 of London’s principal religious buildings in full 360° detail.

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  • Exploring Religion in London

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    Take a guided tour around 8 of London’s principal religious buildings in full 360° detail.
  • London's 1818 public health crisis

    200 years ago today, the Morning Post shared a report into a health crisis gripping London - and how public health...

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  • London's 1818 public health crisis

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jul 2018
    200 years ago today, the Morning Post shared a report into a health crisis gripping London - and how public health solutions offered a way out of the mess.
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    Charles Dickens and the dinosaurs

    By John C Murray

    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have...

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    19 Jul 2018

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    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have been shaped by the work of Richard Owen...
  • How London got its Victorian sewers

    By Bob Everett

    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But...

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    16 Jul 2018

  • How London got its Victorian sewers

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2018
    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into...
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    NHS: A People's History

    Alex Brooker presents a crowdsourced social history of the NHS, told through people's treasured mementoes.

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  • NHS: A People's History

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    Alex Brooker presents a crowdsourced social history of the NHS, told through people's treasured mementoes.

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    Art and life in ancient Egypt

    Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of his tomb-chapel to be painted with scenes depicting his afterlife,...

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    Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of...
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    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one imminent) over European society during the 1920s and 1930s, this free...

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    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one...
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    Icarus: entering the world of myth

    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re...

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    National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

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    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
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    The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the reign of Charles I that caused people to take up arms against...

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    Dundee, jute and empire

    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic...

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    World Heritage

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