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  • 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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  • 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 New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Why did Liberals wave herring in the streets on polling day in 1868?
  • Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles

    Earth from above, 18th Century style

    By Dr Lily Ford

    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a...

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  • Earth from above, 18th Century style

    Earth from above, 18th Century style Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Carrington & Bowles Updated content
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    Hot air ballooning gave people the first chance to gaze down on the planet from the heavens - and quickly became a battleground between science and spectacle...
  • Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Rudolph Ackermann

    Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view

    By Dr Lily Ford

    Across the late 18th and 19th centuries, the public embraced the magic of the panorama - a clamour which owed a lot...

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  • Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view

    Virtual reality, 19th Century style: The history of the panorama and balloon view Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Rudolph Ackermann Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Across the late 18th and 19th centuries, the public embraced the magic of the panorama - a clamour which owed a lot to the popularity of hot air ballooning.
  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    By Daniel McCulloch, Dr Victoria Cooper

    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the...

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  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the homeless doesn't reflect that well on the UK.
  • Timewatch: The Princess Spy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission

    Timewatch: The Princess Spy

    Timewatch tells the tale of "Nora Baker"'s wartime bravery. Meet the princess spy.

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    Timewatch tells the tale of "Nora Baker"'s wartime bravery. Meet the princess spy.
  • Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com

    Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

    By Professor Graham Harvey

    Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the...

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    12 Apr 2017

  • Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter?

    Why do we feast on so much chocolate at Easter? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Thomas | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2017
    Have you ever wondered what's the connection between Easter and chocolate? In this article Graham Harvey looks at the origins of our appreciation of...
  • General Election - 92Rewind Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Jupiter Images

    General Election - 92Rewind

    By The OpenLearn team

    As we draw closer to the 25th anniversary of the 1992 General Election, those of us who remember the time are getting...

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    06 Apr 2017

  • General Election - 92Rewind

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    As we draw closer to the 25th anniversary of the 1992 General Election, those of us who remember the time are getting a major sense of déjà vu...  
  • Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

    By Dr Gerry Mooney, Dr Manuel Dries, Professor Paul Stenner

    Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

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    04 Apr 2017

  • Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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    Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.
  • 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
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    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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  • 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
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    March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. Find out more about the patron saint of Ireland and discover Ireland's culture and heritage. 

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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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    28 Feb 2017

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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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    29 Sep 2016

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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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    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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    05 Feb 2016

  • 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

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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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 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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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 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 27 Apr 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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    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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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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...

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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...