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  • Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis! Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Library Of Congress

    Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis!

    Following the death of MP Sir Simeon Stuart, 'Cato' circulated a flier imploring those who could vote to save Britain...

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    15 May 2017

  • Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis!

    Election days: 1779 - Save Britain from crisis! Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Library Of Congress Updated content
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    Following the death of MP Sir Simeon Stuart, 'Cato' circulated a flier imploring those who could vote to save Britain from what appeared to be terminal...
  • Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers Creative commons image Icon Saffron Blaze under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers

    The Peers of Scotland gather to select their representatives for the new Parliament of 1880. It's not a smooth...

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    11 May 2017

  • Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers

    Election days: 1880 - Squabbling peers Creative commons image Icon Saffron Blaze under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 May 2017
    The Peers of Scotland gather to select their representatives for the new Parliament of 1880. It's not a smooth process.
  • Good Churchill, bad Churchill? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Chris Dorney | Dreamstime.com

    Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

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    On 10th May 1940 Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister. To mark the anniversary, we take a look at some of...

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  • Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

    Good Churchill, bad Churchill? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Chris Dorney | Dreamstime.com
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    On 10th May 1940 Winston Churchill became British Prime Minister. To mark the anniversary, we take a look at some of the highlights as well as the...
  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    By Karl Pike

    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single...

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    10 May 2017

  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single party create a collective perception of...
  • Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger Creative commons image Icon John Salmon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger

    It wasn't just farmers coming under pressure to vote against their interests in 1868, as this letter from the Daily...

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    10 May 2017

  • Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger

    Election days: 1868 - No vote, no verger Creative commons image Icon John Salmon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 May 2017
    It wasn't just farmers coming under pressure to vote against their interests in 1868, as this letter from the Daily News suggests
  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision

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  • The Brits Who Built The Modern World

    The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Nathan Kendall/OFTV
    Updated 03 May 2017
    Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision
  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture

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    03 May 2017

  • Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection

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    Brits Who Built The Modern World: A video collection Creative commons image Icon Matt Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 May 2017
    Collected extracts from the BBC/OU series exploring the titans of British architecture
  • Election days: 1908 - Churchill challenged by the women Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: British Government

    Election days: 1908 - Churchill challenged by the women

    At the start of the 20th Century, it was expected that MPs granted a seat in cabinet would seek re-election before...

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    02 May 2017

  • Election days: 1908 - Churchill challenged by the women

    Election days: 1908 - Churchill challenged by the women Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: British Government
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 May 2017
    At the start of the 20th Century, it was expected that MPs granted a seat in cabinet would seek re-election before taking up the posts. Winston Churchill,...
  • Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Gentleman's Magazine

    Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148

    The radical John Wilkes had been pursued by the courts following his publication of a semi-pornographic parody of the...

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    27 Apr 2017

  • Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148

    Election days: 1769 - when 296 votes beat 1148 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Gentleman's Magazine
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2017
    The radical John Wilkes had been pursued by the courts following his publication of a semi-pornographic parody of the work of Alexander Pope. His supporters...
  • Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton Creative commons image Icon Atle Grimsby under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton

    Why did Liberals wave herring in the streets on polling day in 1868?

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    24 Apr 2017

  • Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton

    Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton Creative commons image Icon Atle Grimsby under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Why did Liberals wave herring in the streets on polling day in 1868?

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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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    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
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    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust...

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    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is...
  • 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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    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the...
  • 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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    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is...
  • What is heritage?

    What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both...

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    What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage...
  • World Heritage

    This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in...

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and...
  • The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

    In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This free course, The African diaspora: An...

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    In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and...
  • Welsh history and its sources

    This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study...

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    This free course, Welsh history and its sources, is a teaching and learning...
  • Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

    From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This free course, Exploring a...

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  • Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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    From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known,...

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 May 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) History

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    With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different...

    Voices, texts and material culture

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your...

    MA History part 2

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    This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test...

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    Explore British and Irish histories from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries and...