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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.

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Oval miniature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, wearing white powdered wig, under glass, with metal mount nailed to a shaped piece of mother-of-pearl
The University of Edinburgh
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
Explore the story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and the Jacobites using iconic objects from National Museums Scotland.
A re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth, at which Richard III died
University of Leicester
England in the Time of King Richard III
Explore 15th century England through archaeology, history and literature. Learn more about Richard III’s discovery and reburial.
Archaeology: a human skull is examined in the lab.
University of Reading
Archaeology
Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury.
Hadrian's Wall - the Roman Empire's most heavily fortified frontier. Copyright Newcastle University
Newcastle University
Hadrian's Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier
Explore the archaeology of the most heavily fortified frontier in the Roman Empire, its people and their lives.
Election meeting in Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
Irish Lives in War and Revolution
Explore the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution and social changes that made modern Ireland.
Bullet riddled Red Cross ambulance
UNSW Canberra
Military Ethics
We explore the ethical responsibilities that weigh on military professionals, who are ‘managers of violence’.
A 3D digital model of the ancient city of Rome
University of Reading
Rome
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
Ink in water
King's College London
Shakespeare
Learn about Shakespeare in print and performance around the world, from early modern times to today.
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.
Genealogy: a lady looks at a tombstone in a graveyard while researching her family tree
University of Strathclyde
Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree
Develop your understanding of genealogy. Uncover your ancestors’ past and create a meaningful family history or family tree.
Takehiro Sasaki, guide to the collections.
Keio University
Japanese Culture Through Rare Books
Explore the important roles that books have played in the cultural history of Japan.
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.
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Nichelle, who took the history course 'Genealogy: Researching your Family Tree'' on FutureLearn

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