Course overview

Do you want to discover events in British history that have been neglected or forgotten? Do you want to consider why some events are remembered and others overlooked? This course is a chance to do both these things! We will dive into incidents from British history that are rarely talked about. As we look at a range of events and themes from the last 500 years, you will learn about topics including the Great Cheese Riot (1766), changes in the law on sexuality (1885) and the trial of a peace activist accused of plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister (1917).

Course description

Join us to dive in an out of the last five centuries as we explore overlooked and surprising incidents from Britain’s past and ask why they are not better remembered today.

Each week you will have the opportunity to look at an event, movement or theme that has been overlooked, downplayed or forgotten about. Whether or not you are already familiar with any of these events, there will almost certainly be some that are new to you. You will have the chance to explore them with other participants, learning about them together as we explore writings from the time in question. While there is a different topic each week, we will nonetheless find ourselves asking some of the same questions. You will have the chance to explore questions such as: Why are some events remembered and others forgotten? Who gets to decide which aspects of the past are most often discussed? And would it make any difference if some of these events were more widely known about? This course is open to you whether or not you are used to studying history, and whatever your views on the issues involved.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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