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Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

The legend of the Pied Piper

The legend of the Pied Piper Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The story of the Pied Piper dates way back into German history - way back before Robert Browning got involved...

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump Creative commons image Credit: Tony Atkin under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Mar 2015
If you're enjoying the BBC revival of Poldark, you might wonder how realistic the depciction of Cornish copper mining after the American War Of...

Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing?

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Speaking Shakespeare: How was Shakespeare pronounced when he was writing? Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Dec 2014
How do we know what actors sounded like when they performed premieres of Shakespeare plays? The clues, as ever, are in the lines themselves...

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it?

Halloween: What’s the devil got to do with it? Creative commons image Credit: Geckoam under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Oct 2014
Why is Halloween, an evening traditionally used to honour the deceased, now associated with all things spooky and gruesome? 

Reciprocal research network

Reciprocal research network Creative commons image Credit: Reciprocal research network
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2014
Collaborative, socially responsible, and interdisciplinary research about cultural heritage.

Icons of Wales: Who's the missing icon?

Icons of Wales: Who's the missing icon? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 01 Oct 2012
Which Welsh icon is missing from the Icons of Wales booklet? See suggestions from our panel and vote for your missing icon

The Story of Wales in your area

The Story of Wales in your area Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2012
The Open University in Wales is running a series of events where you can discuss your Icons of Wales and dig deeper into ideas about Wales and...

Seahenge

Seahenge Copyrighted image Credit: Picture Esk, used under CC-BY-NC licence.
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2010
It's not a henge - and it wasn't meant to be in the sea...

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World Heritage

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World Heritage Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit provides an overview of World Heritage, its politial and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in identifying and...

Aberdulais Falls: A case study in Welsh heritage

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Aberdulais Falls: A case study in Welsh heritage Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit looks at the Aberulais Falls in Wales, and considers the key issues affecting the decision-making of the bodies which are responsible...

Heritage case studies: Scotland

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Heritage case studies: Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The heritage traditions of Scotland are unique in comparison to the rest of Britain. This unit uses two case studies to demonstrate how heritage...

History as commemoration

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History as commemoration Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
Commemoration – remembering and marking your past – makes an important contribution to our sense of community. Written texts, memorials, letters...

Dundee, jute and empire

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Dundee, jute and empire Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
Britain was the first country to industrialise, and it acquired the largest empire ever during this same period. But its sphere of economic...

What is heritage?

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What is heritage? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 May 2011
What is heritage? This unit will introduce you to the concept of heritage and its critical study, exploring the role of heritage in both past and...

Welsh history and its sources

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Welsh history and its sources Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 25 hours Updated 10 Aug 2010
This unit is a teaching and learning resource for anyone interested in Welsh history. It contains study materials, links to some of the most...