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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.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
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.

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece

Learning about sex, a shilling a time: Aristotle's Masterpiece Copyright free image Credit: US National Library of Medicine New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Not written by that Aristotle, the Masterpiece nevertheless found a huge market desperate for sex education in 18th Century Britain and America.

Building the first Thames sewer system

Building the first Thames sewer system Copyright free image Credit: Punch New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
The original Thames sewer system became a pressing need following the clean-up of London streets. But even the stench of the river overpowering the...

Why are people upset about the Stonewall Movie?

Why are people upset about the Stonewall Movie? Creative commons image Credit: New York Public Library under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 14 Aug 2015
A film celebrating the Stonewall riots and the birth of LGBTQ pride would, you'd think, be welcomed by those it claims to champion. But the...

Gladstone and the Liberal Party

Gladstone and the Liberal Party Copyright free image Credit: John Jabez Edwin Mayall
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
In 1868, as the Liberals in the Commons reunited and the influence of Palmerston and Wallace became history, the man who untied the factions was...

How did Tudor Londoners get around?

How did Tudor Londoners get around? Creative commons image Credit: Keith Seabridge under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jul 2015
How did the people in Early Modern London know the names of the streets?

O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe?

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O' Fortuna: Can you survive Early Modern Europe? Copyrighted image Credit: Yoyo
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Jun 2015
Pit yourself against fate by embarking on a journey into Europe during one of its most volatile periods: 1500-1700. Can your historical...

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act

James Dickson: The second youngest MP since the Great Reform Act Copyrighted image Credit: Susanaaraujo | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 11 May 2015
The story of the youngest MP elected between The Great Reform Act and 2015 is a twisty one of parental wrongdoing and self-sacrifice.

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe

VE day half a world away: How New Zealand celebrated victory in Europe Creative commons image Credit: Pikerslanefarm under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 06 May 2015
After years of war, New Zealanders reacted to the fall of Berlin by cutting loose - but not too loose. As the official history explains, it...

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 30 Jul 2013
From Rome to Pompeii and Ephesus the excavation of Roman remains is well known, but what of Roman remains in Africa? This unit looks at the Roman...

The origins of the wars of the three kingdoms

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
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...

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

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
In this unit we shall look more closely at the evidence available to assess the truth of this argument. Were the working people, as opposed to the...

The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 23 Jun 2011
This unit will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the culture and identity of the Roman empire. Terms such...

The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 20 Jun 2011
In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This unit explores why this area of research has...