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OpenLearn Live: 25th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
A bus ride that took a country in a new direction and Yahoo gets sold. Free learning from across the day.

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them?

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them? Creative commons image Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
People who choose to identify as something other than human can often be the subject of ridicule.  Pedro Feijó has researched how...

OpenLearn Live: 14th July 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jul 2016
A pioneering librarian; the storming of the Bastille. Then more free learning through the day.

Full Steam Ahead

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Updated 12 Jul 2016
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...

A journey through two Englands

A journey through two Englands Copyright free image Copyright free: Samuel Laurence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
In this extract from George Eliot's Felix Holt The Radical, a coach makes its way through a nation divided.

What have the railways got to do with the 999 system?

What have the railways got to do with the 999 system? Creative commons image Ben Brooksbank [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jul 2016
Did you know when you dial '999' the origins of this system lie in the railways? Explore the history here. 

OpenLearn Live: 1st July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 1st July 2016 Creative commons image Tim Green under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2016
The writer who helped create a new party that took advantage of a wartime truce. Then more free learning across the day.

'The wrong side of the tracks': The impact of the railways on Victorian townscapes

'The wrong side of the tracks': The impact of the railways on Victorian townscapes Copyrighted image Copyright: National Railway Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 30 Jun 2016
When we think of the introduction of the railways we might think of it bringing prosperity to the people, but it also brought unsanitary...

Stonehenge before the First World War

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
In this extract from Afoot In England, the naturalist and author William Henry Hudson despairs of a site already being turned into a tourist...

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
14 physicians gather at a graveside to untangle a tale of American settlers, poison, weak alibis, murder and suicide.

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2016
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...

The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 20 Jan 2016
This free course, The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms, will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the...

The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 19 Jan 2016
In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This free course, The African diaspora: An...

Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
Historians on both sides of the Atlantic have argued that the empire was not an issue of popular interest in late nineteenth-century Britain and...