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Stonehenge before the First World War

Stonehenge before the First World War Creative commons image Xiana VB under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
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

A 19th century autopsy unmasks a poisoner Copyright free image Copyright free: gokalpiscan New content
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.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016 Creative commons image New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th June 2016 Creative commons image Colin Baxter under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Does an altar cloth in a church in Herefordshire have a link to Elizabeth I? Plus boxing, football - and the smell of babies. Free learning through...

Remembering Ali: How do The Philippines remember The Thrilla In Manila?

Remembering Ali: How do The Philippines remember The Thrilla In Manila? Creative commons image Dutch National Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
The Thrilla in Manila - a bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier - was one of the legendary sporting events of the 20th Century. How does the...

What made Muhammad Ali "The Greatest"? Includes explicit content

What made Muhammad Ali Creative commons image Dutch National Archive under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
Muhammad Ali died on Friday June 3rd, 2016. Ellis Cashmore remembers a legend on both sides of the ropes.

Florence Nightingale on what makes a good nurse

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
In the 1881 letter to trainee nurses at St Thomas' Hospital, Florence Nightingale outlines what she believes makes a good nurse - a woman without ...

Has London always attracted young Europeans to do its low-paid work?

Has London always attracted young Europeans to do its low-paid work? Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 May 2016
Long before the EU - back before the outbreak of the First World War - young people from the continent were descending on London taking up poorly...

The mother of the American Athens

The mother of the American Athens Creative commons image Jules & Jenny under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
An excusrion to Lincolnshire, to see the original Boston.

A day at Doncaster - and an hour out of Durham

A day at Doncaster - and an hour out of Durham Creative commons image Mathew F under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 May 2016
The lure of the races proves overwhelming - as does the splendour of Durham.

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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...