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  • Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC

    Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second...

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Canals: The Making of a Nation

    Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © BBC Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following The Second World War.
  • Happy Saint Patrick's Day Creative commons image Icon Andreas F. Borchert [CC BY-SA 3.0 de, CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    Happy Saint Patrick's Day

    March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. Find out more about the patron saint of Ireland and discover Ireland's culture...

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    10 Mar 2017

  • Happy Saint Patrick's Day

    Happy Saint Patrick's Day Creative commons image Icon Andreas F. Borchert [CC BY-SA 3.0 de, CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license Updated content
    Introductory level Updated 10 Mar 2017
    March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. Find out more about the patron saint of Ireland and discover Ireland's culture and heritage. 
  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
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    01 Mar 2017

  • What is the relationship between history and historical fiction?

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    What is the relationship between history and historical fiction? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
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    Two authors who tell stories about the past come together to compare notes.
  • The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: D.J. Pound

    The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston

    In 1850, The House of Lords gathered to condemn the British Government's use of a blockade to force reparations from...

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    27 Feb 2017

  • The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston

    The Lords against the gunboats: When the House of Lords took on Lord Palmerston Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: D.J. Pound
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Feb 2017
    In 1850, The House of Lords gathered to condemn the British Government's use of a blockade to force reparations from Greece. Their intervention wasn't warmly...
  • The People on the Notes: Elizabeth Fry

    By Dr Rosalind Crone

    Elizabeth Fry, sometimes known as 'the angel of prisons', was depicted on the £5 note for over a decade - only...

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    21 Feb 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Elizabeth Fry

    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 21 Feb 2017
    Elizabeth Fry, sometimes known as 'the angel of prisons', was depicted on the £5 note for over a decade - only recently being replaced by Winston Churchill....
  • A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws Creative commons image Icon Helen Wells under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws

    By Dr Avi Boukli, Professor Christopher Bissell

    Trevor Thomas built a reputation in Leicester - before British attidues to his sexuality nearly destroyed his...

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    21 Feb 2017

  • A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws

    A quiet man, hounded: One person's experience of the UK's anti-homosexuality laws Creative commons image Icon Helen Wells under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Feb 2017
    Trevor Thomas built a reputation in Leicester - before British attidues to his sexuality nearly destroyed his life.
  • Should Trump's tweets be a matter of record? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Capitol

    Should Trump's tweets be a matter of record?

    By Shontavia Johnson

    When the President deletes a tweet, he's wiping out material of value to historians. Potentially. Shontavia...

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    06 Feb 2017

  • Should Trump's tweets be a matter of record?

    Should Trump's tweets be a matter of record? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: US Capitol
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Feb 2017
    When the President deletes a tweet, he's wiping out material of value to historians. Potentially. Shontavia Johnson explains what's at risk.
  • It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting Creative commons image Icon Andrew Davidson at en.wikipedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting

    The new electric lighting will never be more than a luxury product, stockholders in the Gas Light & Coke...

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    26 Jan 2017

  • It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting

    It's 1892, and the future's bright for gas lighting Creative commons image Icon Andrew Davidson at en.wikipedia under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2017
    The new electric lighting will never be more than a luxury product, stockholders in the Gas Light & Coke Company are reassured at the company's ...
  • How nervy elites seized Robert Burns before radicals got there first

    By Christopher A Whatley

    Explore why in the wake of Brexit and President Trump, Robert Burns' poetry is worth reading - especially on Burn's...

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    25 Jan 2017

  • How nervy elites seized Robert Burns before radicals got there first

    Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2017
    Explore why in the wake of Brexit and President Trump, Robert Burns' poetry is worth reading - especially on Burn's Night! 
  • Good Churchill, bad Churchill? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Chris Dorney | Dreamstime.com

    Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

    By The OpenLearn team

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

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    24 Jan 2017

  • Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

    Good Churchill, bad Churchill? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Chris Dorney | Dreamstime.com
    Updated 24 Jan 2017
    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...

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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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    28 Feb 2017

  • Dundee, jute and empire

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    Dundee, jute and empire Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 28 Feb 2017
    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
  • 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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    3 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Feb 2017

  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

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    Icarus: entering the world of myth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © EC Hellex/iStockphoto.com
    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Feb 2017
    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • The Holocaust

    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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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    26 Jan 2017

  • The Holocaust

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    The Holocaust Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Jan 2017
    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is...
  • 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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    29 Sep 2016

  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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    Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    28 Jul 2016

  • What is heritage?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Jul 2016
    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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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Apr 2016

  • World Heritage

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    World Heritage Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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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    14 Apr 2016

  • The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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    The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
    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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    25 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Mar 2016

  • Welsh history and its sources

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    Welsh history and its sources Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
    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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    14 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    05 Feb 2016

  • Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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    Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known,...
  • History as commemoration

    Commemoration remembering and marking your past makes an important contribution to our sense of community. This free course, History as...

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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    05 Feb 2016

  • History as commemoration

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    History as commemoration Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Commemoration remembering and marking your past makes an important contribution...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    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 24 Mar 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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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    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 24 Mar 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    BA (Honours) History

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    BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Firebrandphotography | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    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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    MA History part 2 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 03 Feb 2017
    This course focuses on the planning and writing of a dissertation which will test...

    MA History part 1

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    MA History part 1 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Advanced level Duration 1200 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Explore British and Irish histories from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries and...