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World Book Day

Calling all bookworms and budding writers! It's World Book Day, mark the event with our FREE courses, articles, interactive quizzes and eBooks on OpenLearn.

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Exploring Religion in London

Take a guided tour around 8 of London’s principal religious buildings in full 360° detail.

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30 mins
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Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

July 31st is the birthday of the boy who lived (and coincidentally Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling). To celebrate, we're going potty about Potter with our academic insights into the wizarding world. Mischief managed!

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History & The Arts 

Recording music and sound

This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers some guidance about making your own recordings. Many of the processes that have been developed and the issues that have been raised in the first 150 years of recording are still relevant today, and a solid grounding in them will help you understand the wide range of recording techniques currently in use.

Free course
8 hrs
Recording music and sound Ebook icon

History & The Arts

Recording music and sound

This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers some guidance about making your own recordings. Many of the processes that have been developed and the issues that have been raised in the first 150 years of recording are still relevant today, and a solid grounding in them will help you understand the wide range of recording techniques currently in use.

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Recording music and sound

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects

This free course, Looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artefact databases.

Free course
2 hrs
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Looking at, describing and identifying objects Ebook icon

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects

This free course, Looking at, describing and identifying objects, will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret objects and work towards writing your own object life cycle. You will also work with, and understand artefact databases.

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Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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London's 1818 public health crisis

200 years ago today, the Morning Post shared a report into a health crisis gripping London - and how public health solutions offered a way out of the mess.

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Ice Cold In Alex

Robert Llewellyn and Dr Jonathan Hare take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted. Here they look at whether the science in Ice Cold In Alex makes sense

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15 mins
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Charles Dickens and the dinosaurs

How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have been shaped by the work of Richard Owen in this review of Gowan Dawson's Dickens, Dinosaurs, and Design in Victorian Literature and Culture 44.4

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World Emoji Day

July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic insights and related FREE courses.

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20 mins
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How London got its Victorian sewers

Recently, there has been a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into existence?

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