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  • The Bletchley Park connection Creative commons image Icon By Draco2008 from UK (Bletchley Park) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    The Bletchley Park connection

    By Dr Chris A. Williams

    The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by...

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  • The Bletchley Park connection

    The Bletchley Park connection Creative commons image Icon By Draco2008 from UK (Bletchley Park) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    The once-hidden connection between Asa Briggs, Mary Siepmann, Alan Turing and many others—an estate used by British codebreakers during the Second World...
  • Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws Creative commons image Icon Adrian Cable under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws

    On January 23rd, Milton Keynes celebrates 50 years as a new town. But the history of the villages which came together...

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  • Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws

    Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws Creative commons image Icon Adrian Cable under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
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    On January 23rd, Milton Keynes celebrates 50 years as a new town. But the history of the villages which came together to form the heart of modern Milton...
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    How can we improve teaching about Islam?

    By Professor Kishwar Rizvi

    Fear and distrust can grow where there's a lack of understanding. Could a different approach to teaching about Islam...

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  • How can we improve teaching about Islam?

    How can we improve teaching about Islam? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain New content
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    Fear and distrust can grow where there's a lack of understanding. Could a different approach to teaching about Islam in schools help?
  • Family Tree of the Habsburg dynasty Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Family Tree of the Habsburg dynasty

    By Dr Ursula Stickler

    A family tree showing relations of the Habsburg dynasty.

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    A family tree showing relations of the Habsburg dynasty.
  • Asa Briggs, The Last Victorian Improver Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Asa Briggs, The Last Victorian Improver

    Tristram Hunt MP explores the exhaustingly energetic life of one of his heroes – the historian Asa Briggs, who was instrumental in the founding of...

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  • Asa Briggs, The Last Victorian Improver

    Asa Briggs, The Last Victorian Improver Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
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    Tristram Hunt MP explores the exhaustingly energetic life of one of his heroes – the historian Asa Briggs, who was instrumental in the founding of the...
  • Asa Briggs and new maps of learning Creative commons image Icon The Centre For Distance Education under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Asa Briggs and new maps of learning

    By Dr Daniel Weinbren

    Asa Briggs' interest in how to support learning influenced his work at two universities.

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    03 Jan 2017

  • Asa Briggs and new maps of learning

    Asa Briggs and new maps of learning Creative commons image Icon The Centre For Distance Education under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jan 2017
    Asa Briggs' interest in how to support learning influenced his work at two universities.
  • Christmas Crackers: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon George Hoaden under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Christmas Crackers: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    Christmas dinner wouldn't be Christmas dinner without a member of the family being forced through passive-aggressive...

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  • Christmas Crackers: An OpenLearn reading list

    Christmas Crackers: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon George Hoaden under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    Christmas dinner wouldn't be Christmas dinner without a member of the family being forced through passive-aggressive peer pressure to don a paper crown. Join...
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    OpenLearn Live: 14th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    Why are decisions about oil production made in a country without a significant oil industry?; how Podesta's emails...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 14th December 2016

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    Why are decisions about oil production made in a country without a significant oil industry?; how Podesta's emails were phished, and A poet reads her...
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    OpenLearn Live: 13th December 2016

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    The cake that went to court and how social media slowed the size zero trend. Then learning and research from across...

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  • OpenLearn Live: 13th December 2016

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    The cake that went to court and how social media slowed the size zero trend. Then learning and research from across the day.
  • OpenLearn Live: 8th December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Nathaniel C. Sheetz under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 8th December 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    A brief history of a prolific historian. An explanation. And learning and research from across the day.

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  • OpenLearn Live: 8th December 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 8th December 2016 Creative commons image Icon Nathaniel C. Sheetz under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    A brief history of a prolific historian. An explanation. And learning and research from across the day.

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  • 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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    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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    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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    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...
  • 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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    This free course explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is...
  • 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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    05 Feb 2016

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    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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    Commemoration remembering and marking your past makes an important contribution...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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

    BA/BSc Open degree

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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 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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    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

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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...

    MA History part 1

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

    Europe 1914-1989: war, peace, modernity

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    This module introduces Europe’s economic, social, medical and cultural history, as...

    Empire: 1492-1975

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    Explore the astonishing impact empires (British, French, Russian, Chinese and...