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  • Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Gillespie - Wall to Wall media Ltd

    Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain

    During the blitz over four hundred and fifty thousand bombs rained down on Britain - how did they shape our future?

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    15 mins

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    23 Nov 2017

  • Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain

    Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Richard Gillespie - Wall to Wall media Ltd Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Nov 2017
    During the blitz over four hundred and fifty thousand bombs rained down on Britain - how did they shape our future?
  • Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University / Lord Woolston by Getty Images

    Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry

    A nation at war has many demands on its machinery and manpower - can you share resources more effectively than Lord...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Nov 2017

  • Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry

    Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University / Lord Woolston by Getty Images Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Nov 2017
    A nation at war has many demands on its machinery and manpower - can you share resources more effectively than Lord Woolton and help the war effort?
  • Wartime Farm: Food In the World War Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Wartime Farm: Food In the World War

    Some nations suffered harshly during the shortages of wartime - others adapted and managed to keep their populace...

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    14 Nov 2017

  • Wartime Farm: Food In the World War

    Wartime Farm: Food In the World War Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Nov 2017
    Some nations suffered harshly during the shortages of wartime - others adapted and managed to keep their populace well-fed. Explore our map to hear some of...
  • How did a Scottish golf club shape how we remember the First World War? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Brideshead
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    08 Nov 2017

  • How did a Scottish golf club shape how we remember the First World War?

    How did a Scottish golf club shape how we remember the First World War? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Brideshead
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Nov 2017
    A meeting at a convalescence hospital brought together three men whose war poetry shaped how we view the First World War.
  • Armistice Day Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Luckynick | Dreamstime.com

    Armistice Day

    By The OpenLearn team

    The armistice which marked the end of the First World War took effect at 11am on 11th November 1918. For...

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    08 Nov 2017

  • Armistice Day

    Armistice Day Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Luckynick | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Nov 2017
    The armistice which marked the end of the First World War took effect at 11am on 11th November 1918. For Remembrance Day, here's a collection of...
  • Timewatch: Young Victoria Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Henry Pierce Bone
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    02 Nov 2017

  • Timewatch: Young Victoria

    Timewatch: Young Victoria Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Henry Pierce Bone
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2017
    Is the popular image of an austere Queen Victoria fair?
  • Happy halloween!

    Delve into our spook-tacular articles, FREE courses and podcasts all related to Halloween and all things scary....

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    31 Oct 2017

  • Happy halloween!

    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 31 Oct 2017
    Delve into our spook-tacular articles, FREE courses and podcasts all related to Halloween and all things scary. Pretty ghoul, huh?
  • Full Steam Ahead Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: LION TV

    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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    23 Oct 2017

  • Full Steam Ahead

    Full Steam Ahead Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: LION TV
    Introductory level Updated 23 Oct 2017
    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...
  • Designing the Spanish nation Creative commons image Icon "Flag-map of Spain (subdivisions)" by Eddo - Own workThis vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Comunidades autónomas de España.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Andalucia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Aragon.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Asturias.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Balearic Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Cantabria.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile-La Mancha.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile and León.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Catalonia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de la Comunidad Valenciana (2x3).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Extremadura.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Galicia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of La Rioja (with coat of arms).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Community of Madrid.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Basque Country.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Region of Murcia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Navarra.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Oct 2017

  • Designing the Spanish nation

    Designing the Spanish nation Creative commons image Icon "Flag-map of Spain (subdivisions)" by Eddo - Own workThis vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Comunidades autónomas de España.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Andalucia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Aragon.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Asturias.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Balearic Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Cantabria.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile-La Mancha.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Castile and León.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Catalonia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de la Comunidad Valenciana (2x3).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Extremadura.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of Galicia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of La Rioja (with coat of arms).svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Community of Madrid.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Basque Country.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Region of Murcia.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Bandera de Navarra.svg.This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Flag of the Canary Islands.svg.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 19 Oct 2017
    Delve into the politics behind the national symbols of modern Spain. 
  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    By Dr Anna Plassart

    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Oct 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of...

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  • 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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    14 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    17 Oct 2017

  • Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period

    Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period
    Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 17 Oct 2017
    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one...
  • 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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    07 Aug 2017

  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    Icarus: entering the world of myth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © EC Hellex/iStockphoto.com
    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 Aug 2017
    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • 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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    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2017

  • National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Victoria & Albert Museum/Bridgeman Images
    Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 25 Jul 2017
    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
  • 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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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Apr 2017

  • The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

    The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Apr 2017
    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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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Apr 2017

  • Dundee, jute and empire

    Dundee, jute and empire Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Apr 2017
    Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire...
  • 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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    12 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Apr 2017

  • The Holocaust

    The Holocaust Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 12 Apr 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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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    29 Sep 2016

  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

    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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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Jul 2016

  • What is heritage?

    What is heritage? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
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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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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

  • World Heritage

    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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    4 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Apr 2016

  • The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

    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...

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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...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
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