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Full Steam Ahead

It’s Full Steam Ahead for historians Ruth Goodman, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn as they bring back to life the golden age of steam and explore how the Victorian railways created modern Britain.

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My career goal: Creative and design

Bring out your creative flair to its full potential. Find some practical advice for advancing your career in a creative industry, whether that's using your keen visual eye, practical ingenuity, or rigorous technical skills.

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The distance between us

Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart on how society ‘helps’ us to rationalise the exploitation of other animals, giving us a ‘license to harm’.

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Butetown Carnival: past, present, and future

Keith Murrell, organiser of Cardiff’s iconic Butetown Carnival, explores its intricate past and bright future as a celebration of Butetown’s multicultural community, and addresses the injustices faced along the way.

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Carnifal Butetown, y gorffennol, presennol, a'r dyfodol

Keith Murrell, arweinydd Carnifal eiconig Butetown yng Nghaerdydd, yn archwilio ei orffennol astrus a dyfodol disglair i ddathlu cymuned amlddiwylliannol Butetown, a chyfeirio at y camsyniadau a'r anghyfiawnder a wynebwyd ar hyd y daith.

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Janis Joplin and the Sexual Revolution

This free course, Janis Joplin and the Sexual Revolution, will introduce you to issues around the sexual revolution and how this, and other contemporary social revolutions of the 1960s, impacted upon American rock musician Janis Joplin (1943-1970). You will investigate the extent to which the contemporary sexual revolution brought about greater gender equality for female popular musicians such as Janis Joplin, and consider whether it might be more accurate to view this as a superficial revolution which masked the reality of continued sexual conservatism. You do not need to play an instrument, to sing, to read music or have any prior musical knowledge to be able to complete this course. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions.

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The Secret Life of Children's Books

This two part OU/BBC co-production looks at the secret lives of 'The Five Children and It' by E. Nesbitt and 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley. 

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Read this before you fall for a personalised book

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the sales of personalised books go up, but are they as beneficial as other children's books? Professor Natalia Kucirkova explores...

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The ‘boundarylessness’ of African-Caribbean religions

How have Santeria, Vodou or Rastafari become global religions? Hilde Capparella, a PhD research student at The Open University, explores African-Caribbean traditions and religions in this article.

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Rastafari in Israel

Hilde Capparella, PhD student in Religious Studies at The Open University, explains her research on diasporic and transnational contexts of Rastafari in this article...

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Subjugation and slavery: fake news in the nineteenth-century press

Fake news is not a new phenomenon. Pauline Brown explores this concept in relation to the portrayal of black people as the inferior race in nineteenth-century newspapers.

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Hero and Villain: Robert Clive of the East India Company

Robert Clive, a general of the East India Company, was despised by his contemporaries – so why was a statue of him erected outside the foreign office by the Edwardians years later?

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