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  • 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

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    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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    09 Jul 2018

  • 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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    20 Jun 2018

  • The weakness of European Wales

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jun 2018
    Why did ‘left-wing’ Wales vote to Leave the EU?
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    20 Jun 2018

  • The Good Friday Agreement - 20 Year Anniversary

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jun 2018
    10th April 2018 marks 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement was made.
  • Match report: England v Scotland, 1872

    The first international football match took place between England & Scotland in Glasgow, on November 30th 1872....

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    14 Jun 2018

  • Match report: England v Scotland, 1872

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2018
    The first international football match took place between England & Scotland in Glasgow, on November 30th 1872. Here's how it went.
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    Endgame - Regicide

    By The Civil War team

    The King had gone too far - and Parliament weighed the ultimate sanction: Regicide

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    14 May 2018

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    The King had gone too far - and Parliament weighed the ultimate sanction: Regicide
  • How should Rwanda remember the genocide?

    By Samantha Lakin

    Up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide of 1994. A quarter of a century on,...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • How should Rwanda remember the genocide?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    Up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide of 1994. A quarter of a century on, how does Rwanda memorialise that event?
  • Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site?

    By Professor Derek Matravers

    Why are ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours or visiting sites of genocide in Auschwitz or Cambodia deemed acceptable but the more...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • Is it ever morally acceptable to visit a mass murder site?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    Why are ‘Jack the Ripper’ tours or visiting sites of genocide in Auschwitz or Cambodia deemed acceptable but the more recent ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ tours seen as...
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    Full Steam Ahead

    It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam...

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    09 Apr 2018

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Introductory level Updated 09 Apr 2018
    It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how the...
  • How radical was Martin Luther King?

    By Professor Paul Harvey

    His message on civil rights was unequivocal - but Paul Harvey argues that in Martin Luther King's economic and social...

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    04 Apr 2018

  • How radical was Martin Luther King?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Apr 2018
    His message on civil rights was unequivocal - but Paul Harvey argues that in Martin Luther King's economic and social message was his greatest claim to...

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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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  • Art and life in ancient Egypt

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    Around 1350 BC, the Egyptian grain accountant Nebamun commissioned the walls of...
  • 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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    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is...
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    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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    31 Jan 2018

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    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is...
  • Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period

    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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    17 Oct 2017

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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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    07 Aug 2017

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    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
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    National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity...

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    25 Jul 2017

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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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    21 Apr 2017

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    From Catholic rebellion to Civil War, what happened during the latter years of the...
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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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    21 Apr 2017

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    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
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    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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    28 Jul 2016

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    What is heritage? This free course will introduce you to the concept of heritage...
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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

  • World Heritage

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    This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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

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

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