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OpenLearn Live: 17th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 17th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Dec 2015
The man who waved his arms and invented an internet. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 13th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: The Engineer
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2015
The man who started a two-wheeled craze. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 9th November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2015
The man who invented the flushing toilet - and it's probably not the one you're thinking of. Then management, hunting, and Cider.

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks Creative commons image The Royal Society under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Oct 2015
As a tribute to the historian Lisa Jardine, who died on October 25th, we're republishing her essay on the shady history of 17th Century timekeeping.

On-screen graphic design: The early years of television

On-screen graphic design: The early years of television Copyrighted image Copyright: Associated Rediffusion used under crit & review
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Sep 2015
With the birth of television as a mass medium, suddenly a whole new visual language was needed. One that would work on tiny, flickering,...

A visit to Ada Lovelace's memorial

A visit to Ada Lovelace's memorial Creative commons image John Welford under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Sep 2015
Although her contribution to computing was far from being acknowledged at the time of her death, Ada Lovelace's family, and her inclusion in Byron...

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Copyright: © BBC
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.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Copyright: © BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
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 WWII.

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump Creative commons image Tony Atkin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
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...

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Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Dec 2015
Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...