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Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway?

Deplaning: Why is the 747 coming to the end of the runway? Copyright free image Copyright free: Wikimedia Images New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
For a long time, the 747 has dominated the skies. But Boeing is slowing production. How come?

Download your free Empire poster

Download your free Empire poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
We've run out of wallcharts, but you can still print out a copy of our guide to Empire to enjoy at home.

Wartime Farm: free booklet

Wartime Farm: free booklet Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Women's Land Army image Paul Townsend BristolPast.co.uk
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2016
How did a hungry island remain fed during a long, wearying conflict? Download your free Wartime Farm booklet to find out.

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas in Dreamthorp

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas in Dreamthorp Creative commons image Stephendickson under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Dec 2015
The essayist and poet Alexander Smith's Dreamthorp is a collection of essays he wrote in the countryside. This extract, titled Christmas, is...

A Victorian Christmas: Thackeray goes to the pantomime

A Victorian Christmas: Thackeray goes to the pantomime Copyright free image Copyright free: Jesse Harrison Whitehurst
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Dec 2015
In this extract from Roundabout Papers, William Makepeace Thackeray describes a festive entertainment which takes liberties with history. Not that...

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas Day In The Workhouse

A Victorian Christmas: Christmas Day In The Workhouse Creative commons image Wellcome Images under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Dec 2015
For its December 25th, 1840 edition, the Morning Chronicle polled workhouse managers to discover what the poor of London could expect for their...

A Victorian Christmas: Victoria's Christmas

A Victorian Christmas: Victoria's Christmas Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Dec 2015
Victoria spends Christmas 1837 with a "merry" Lord Melbourne.

OpenLearn Live: 18th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 18th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Updated 18 Dec 2015
Meet a pioneering Egyptian feminist, cross the Forth Bridge - and then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 15th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 15th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Dec 2015
The man who gace America an anthem, and the Odditorium. Updates as Tim Peake goes into space. Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2015

OpenLearn Live: 9th December 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
The week when the people rose against the church and military in Barcelona. Then more free learning through the day.

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

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Late nineteenth-century Britain and America: The people and the empire Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

The Roman Empire: introducing some key terms

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
This free course, The Roman Empire: Introducing some key terms, will define basic concepts and terms that are essential for an understanding of the...

Exploring a Romano-African city: Thugga

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Advanced level Duration 14 hours Updated 17 Mar 2015
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 African diaspora: An archaeological perspective

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 11 May 2012
In many ways the African diaspora is a contentious episode from the past (and indeed present). This free course, The African diaspora: An...

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...