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History Courses

Uncover archaeology and explore important events from ancient to modern times with online history courses from leading universities and cultural institutions.
The Birmingham Qur'an manuscript
University of Birmingham
The Birmingham Qur'an
Explore the history and significance of the Birmingham Qur'an, and its journey from late Antiquity Middle East to contemporary UK.
Stereo ambrotype, glass, depicting two unidentified women, one seated and one standing, the latter holding a plant on a plinth, by Charles F. Ravis, Bristol, 1857 – 1859/ IL.2003.44.1.162 © Howarth-Loomes Collection at National Museums Scotland
The University of Edinburgh
Stereoscopy
Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851’s Great Exhibition.
Clear old fashioned labelled bottles on a shelf in a pharmacy
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
A History of Public Health in Post-War Britain
Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next.
A drawing of King George the third and Henry Addington sat at a dining table
University of Reading
A History of Royal Food and Feasting
Chart the history of royal food in the splendour of royal palaces.
Antique map of Europe with dotted lines leaving Britain to illustrate their expansion.
University of Exeter
Empire
The British Empire continues to cause enormous disagreement among historians. Find out why and join the debate.
'The Hobbit' skull
University of Wollongong
Homo Floresiensis Uncovered
Discover the incredible world of 'the Hobbit' as modern archaeological science uncovers secrets hidden in time.
A diver exploring some amphora from a shipwreck
University of Southampton
Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds
Learn how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the oceans and seas, from 2.5m years ago until today.
University of Leeds
WW1 Heroism: Through Art and Film
Discover just some of the ways that heroism and the First World War is portrayed through art and film.
Poppies on the Wall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.  This image represents the free online course World War 1: A History in 100 Stories.
Monash University
World War 1: A History in 100 Stories
Change the way you see World War 1 as you explore stories of hope, suffering and loss from newly released historical archives.
 New Discoveries in Pneumaticks!  or - an Experimental Lecture on the Powers of Air, a historic cartoon by James Gillray, 1802 (credit: Royal Institution).
Lancaster University
Humphry Davy
Discover Humphry Davy and his contribution to science and the arts.
Galileo and Viviani by Tito Lessi, 1892 - displayed with permission of Museo Galileo
University of Groningen
The Scientific Revolution
Learn about the seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution and its role in shaping the modern Western world.
Rechner Raum (Espai de càlcul), 2007. Ralf Baecker
Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona
Understanding Ramon Llull
Explore the fascinating work of philosopher Ramon Llull and its impact with this free online course
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