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Download your free 'Our Railways' poster

Download your free 'Our Railways' poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2016
Download your free poster on British railways to accompany the Ou/BBC series 'Full Steam Ahead'.  

Disraeli on Munich

Disraeli on Munich Copyright free image Copyright free: W. & D. Downey
Updated 07 Sep 2016
Writing in 1840, Benjamin Disraeli shared his passion for the Bavarian capital.

Swept away: Brighton's Chain Pier collapses during a storm

Swept away: Brighton's Chain Pier collapses during a storm Copyright free image Copyright free: John Constable
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
A winter storm in 1896 battered Brighton's first pier, finishing off the already condemned structure. But newer attractions also took a hammering.

Death on the tracks: A 19th century train crash

Death on the tracks: A 19th century train crash Copyright free image Copyright free: LBSCR
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
An 1853 inquest takes evidence about a fatal train crash at New Cross.

Building the London Underground

Building the London Underground Copyright free image Copyright free: The Illustrated London News
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Sep 2016
In 1853, Parliament gave permission for the world's first underground railway. It promised a short, cheap burst of luxury travel - and to run the...

Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline

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Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline Copyrighted image Copyright:
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 05 Sep 2016
An interactive timeline of the most important events in Scottish political, cultural and economic history.

The Origins of the Idea of the Industrial Revolution

The Origins of the Idea of the Industrial Revolution Creative commons image Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Sep 2016
Dr Will Hardy traces the origins of our traditional account of Britain’s “Industrial Revolution”

OpenLearn Live: 1st September 2016

OpenLearn Live: 1st September 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Rembrandt Peale
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
The American diplomat whose love was frustrated and his career no less so and eyewitnesses to the Great Fire of London. Free learning from across...

The making of Industrial Britain: A gradual revolution?

The making of Industrial Britain: A gradual revolution? Copyright free image Copyright free: William Williams
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
Dr Will Hardy reflects on the long-term rise of economic modernity in Britain, and what contemporary perceptions may tell us.

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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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The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...