Delve into history

Explore the events of the past, and how they’ve shaped the world we live in today. Immerse yourself in different eras, marvel at historic achievements, and examine how different things could have been.  

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All of our courses are designed to help develop your skills in historical research and analysis, encouraging you to look beyond the surface of key historical moments. From the history of King Arthur to World War I and II, you’ll develop a better understanding of key historic customs, beliefs, and ways of life.   

Whether you consider yourself a history buff with decades of experience, or someone just starting out that wants to learn more, you can choose from a wide selection of topics.   

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A variety of our history courses are taught in-person or are delivered online - it all depends on what suits your needs best. From the comfort of your own home to a space in your local community. Whichever option you choose, you’ll be taught by a talented tutor who is vastly experienced.   

The support you’ll receive on our history courses  

They'll help you develop an understanding that goes beyond just what's on the surface, all within a friendly and encouraging environment that ensures you attend each session with the excitement to learn.   

It’s our learning experience that sets us apart too, with many of those attending our courses going on to achieve incredible things. You’ll learn at a pace that’s comfortable for you too, with a friendly supportive tutor on hand to answer any questions you might have. 

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Care 2: Visit Hebden Bridge and Hardcastle Craggs

A virtual visit to a small Mill Town in West Yorkshire, and the nearby historic woods. Join me for a virtual visit to a Hebden Bridge a small Mill Town in West Yorkshire, and the nearby Hardcastle Craggs, now woodland with a historical past of its own. This course is for carers who are caring or have cared for people. Take some time for yourself and discover the history around this area of the UK. You will have chance to contribute and ask the tutor questions, while enjoying friendly discussion with new people. Come along and join the tour, all from the comfort of your own home!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 30/05/2024 -
Thu 30/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00015076
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

History: Art and About: Eynsford Castle – An Overlooked Gem

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! On this site visit we will take a gentle stroll around the ruins of Eynsford castle, a little remarked upon gem of a Norman castle dating from the 12th century or possibly earlier. After a thorough look at the remains, we will consider the documentation that survives for the castle and consider some of the big questions that remain about the building. Why was it built here, who did it belong to, why did it fall into disrepair, what were the influences on its construction and most important of all – what can it tell us about life in Medieval Kent. We will meet at the castle drawbridge! Postcode is Eynsford, DA4 0AA

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Eynsford Castle (Dartford)
Eynsford Castle
High Street, Eynsford
Dartford
DA4 0AA
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014851
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £15.00

History: Russia versus Ukraine

In this Russia versus Ukraine course you will be introduced to the country of Ukraine and compare the contrasting perspectives on its origins, which appears to be one of the key factors in the military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Current affairs happening inside Russia from the Russian perspective will also be considered. You will find out what ordinary Russian people think of their president, his government and his politics, of the war in Ukraine and of Ukrainian people.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 01/06/2024 -
Sat 01/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Wing Village Hall
81 Leighton Road, Wing
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 0NN
Tutor:
Marina Burrell
Course code:
Q00015935
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.00

Care to Find Out About What Lies Beneath - A History of Ladies Underwear

This course is for Carers, former carers and the cared for, join me for a light hearted look to find out about what actors are wearing underneath in historical dramas on television and on film.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012219
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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History: Ancient Egypt’s Cultural Heart: The Middle Kingdom

Ancient Egyptian civilization endured for three thousand years and includes a 300-year period termed by Egyptologists the Middle Kingdom. In this course suitable for both newcomers and those with more experience of ancient Egypt we explore this fascinating period in Egypt’s history. The Middle Kingdom in Egypt is a time of literature, pyramids, conquest and fascinating artefacts. In this course which will be rich in visuals but also include some texts we will explore different types of evidence together in an informal setting to seek to understand more about this pivotal time in ancient Egypt.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00014823
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

History: The First World War (Part 2)

The First World War is thought to be the most written-about war in history, and yet to many it can seem utterly beyond comprehension – its geographic scope, its length, the lack of clearly defined war aims, the seemingly endless offensives and the terrible casualty bill all conspire to make this seem an impenetrable and at times futile conflict. And yet real issues were at stake, which mattered to many of those who fought, on both sides.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00015010
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00

History: Happy, healthy holidays on the Essex coast

This course is a trip into the past thinking about the heritage of holidays on the Essex coast. Covering topics such as family trips famous names in popular entertainment, the development of seaside resorts, highlights and heydays, decline and development, the course is an opportunity to reminisce and share memories with like-minded people as well as learning more about a little-known area of Essex history. Previous participation in an Essex seaside holiday is not compulsory and all students are welcomed to come and learn more about this little-known area of Essex history.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013751
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

History: Henry VI, Joan of Arc and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses

This course is an exploration of the period of history in England and France during the first half of the fifteenth century. The death of King Henry V in 1422 left a nine-month-old infant as King Henry VI of England. A few months later, the death of the King of France left that infant as King of France as too. The war with the French, the Hundred Years War, was ongoing, and since Agincourt, going England's way. The appearance of an illiterate peasant girl who believed God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England changed everything. Joan of Arc led the French to an overwhelming and unexpected victory and began the process whereby England would lose most of its continental possessions. These are the years of Henry VI and Joan of Arc, the precursor to the Wars of the Roses. No previous knowledge of fifteenth-century history is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00014315
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Art and About: A walk around Winchester Palace, Southwark cathedral & the Liberty of the Clink

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! We will take a gentle stroll around a historic part of London focusing on the remains of the Palace of the Bishops of Winchester and the environs of the Liberty of the Clink looking at documentary evidence as we go and speculating on what the architectural record can tell us. This part of South London has played an important part in history since the Middle Ages and we will trace its story in words, pictures and buildings. By the end of our walk and discussions we will have gained an understanding of the many changes and survivals in the area. Meet at Winchester Palace Information Board. Clink Street, Southwark, London. SE1 9DG

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Winchester Palace
Clink St.
Southwark
London
SE1 9DG
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00015133
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £15.00

History: King Arthur, the history and the myth

This course delves into the myths, legends, and historical theories surrounding Britain's beloved King Arthur, exploring his family, friends, and foes. It aims to distinguish between fact and fiction, recognizing the influence of biases in historical accounts and the speculative nature of much of the Arthurian narrative. Arthur's role as a tool for propaganda is examined, drawing on diverse sources including ancient writings, literature, fiction, and film, supplemented by a brief exploration of archaeology. Offering participants insight into the enduring appeal and manipulation of Arthurian legend throughout history.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Forum (Norwich)
Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1TF
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00015243
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80