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.   

Attend a WEA history course near you  

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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History: Roman Villas and Mosaics

An illustrated day school covering aspects of villa life and the deign and construction of the villas and their mosaic floors.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 11/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00009224
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £35.00

History: Roman Villas and Mosaics

An illustrated day school covering aspects of villa life and the deign and construction of the villas and their mosaic floors.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 11/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00009224
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £35.00

History: Things You Didn’t Know About Thaxted in the Middle Ages

Using source materials and original published research, the course will focus on two fascinating topics: first "The Cutlers of Thaxted" and how Thaxted, in rural Essex, became one of the most important cutlery centres in England, rivalling Sheffield in terms of production; and second, "The Great Fight in the Church at Thaxted" and the events which gave rise to a pamphlet distributed in London in August1647 bearing the news "The Great Fight in the Church in Thaxted between the sequestrators and the minister, the mayor being present.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:40pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Deborah Young
Course code:
Q00013958
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £16.80

History: Things You Didn’t Know About Thaxted in the Middle Ages

Using source materials and original published research, the course will focus on two fascinating topics: first "The Cutlers of Thaxted" and how Thaxted, in rural Essex, became one of the most important cutlery centres in England, rivalling Sheffield in terms of production; and second, "The Great Fight in the Church at Thaxted" and the events which gave rise to a pamphlet distributed in London in August1647 bearing the news "The Great Fight in the Church in Thaxted between the sequestrators and the minister, the mayor being present.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:40pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Deborah Young
Course code:
Q00013958
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £16.80

History: Things You Didn’t Know About Thaxted in the Middle Ages

Using source materials and original published research, the course will focus on two fascinating topics: first "The Cutlers of Thaxted" and how Thaxted, in rural Essex, became one of the most important cutlery centres in England, rivalling Sheffield in terms of production; and second, "The Great Fight in the Church at Thaxted" and the events which gave rise to a pamphlet distributed in London in August1647 bearing the news "The Great Fight in the Church in Thaxted between the sequestrators and the minister, the mayor being present.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:40pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Deborah Young
Course code:
Q00013958
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £16.80

History: Things You Didn’t Know About Thaxted in the Middle Ages

Using source materials and original published research, the course will focus on two fascinating topics: first "The Cutlers of Thaxted" and how Thaxted, in rural Essex, became one of the most important cutlery centres in England, rivalling Sheffield in terms of production; and second, "The Great Fight in the Church at Thaxted" and the events which gave rise to a pamphlet distributed in London in August1647 bearing the news "The Great Fight in the Church in Thaxted between the sequestrators and the minister, the mayor being present.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:40pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Deborah Young
Course code:
Q00013958
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £16.80

History: The Course of Irish History – 1848 to the Good Friday Agreement

This second part of two courses traces events from the Great Hunger of 1848-9 up unto the turn of our present century. Fenianism, Home Rule and Land Reform struggles , the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, partition, the Civil War and then the separate fortunes of Northern Ireland and the Free State, (later the Republic) will all be discussed in depth. We conclude with the Civil Rights movement, the Troubles and the peace process. Throughout we use a wealth of documentary evidence, the latest historical analysis, news reports, art, literature, film and photography to illuminate a compelling narrative.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014215
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

History: A short history of Palestine/ Israel 1897-2024

A brief five session history of the region since the end of the 19th century covering the rule of the Ottomans, the British Mandate and the post 1947 story. We will seek to objectively establish how Ottoman lands post World War One became a British Mandate and then the state of Israel. Throughout we will look at historical analysis, the documentary evidence and contested ideas. We will cover the Zionist movement, the Balfour Declaration, the role of other powers in the region as well as the United Nations and the West and much more.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Petts Wood Memorial Hall (Petts Wood)
200 Petts Wood Road
Petts Wood
BR5 1LA
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014692
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.00

Personal Development: Exploring Heritage of Freeman Street, Grimsby

This course is for a closed group of users of the Foresight North East Lincolnshire day care centre for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD). Delivered in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on the enjoyment of sharing existing knowledge of and discovering local history and heritage. Students will be assisted to develop basic digital skills and research skills to explore the history and heritage of a specific area of Grimsby town, namely, Freeman Street. They will be encouraged to use digital solutions to develop or improve their basic digital skills and research skills for finding information, images and video

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Foresight Centre, Grimsby (Grimsby)
60 Newmarket Street
Grimsby
DN32 7SF
Tutor:
Trevor Parsons
Course code:
Q00014468
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Personal Development: Exploring Heritage of Freeman Street, Grimsby

This course is for a closed group of users of the Foresight North East Lincolnshire day care centre for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD). Delivered in a supportive environment, with an emphasis on the enjoyment of sharing existing knowledge of and discovering local history and heritage. Students will be assisted to develop basic digital skills and research skills to explore the history and heritage of a specific area of Grimsby town, namely, Freeman Street. They will be encouraged to use digital solutions to develop or improve their basic digital skills and research skills for finding information, images and video

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Foresight Centre, Grimsby (Grimsby)
60 Newmarket Street
Grimsby
DN32 7SF
Tutor:
Trevor Parsons
Course code:
Q00014468
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £84.00