Some courses will run as online courses and some will start at Stoke Lodge or St Pauls. You can see the starting venue/format for each course listed below. We reserve the right to change the format of the course, in term, should safety advice change.

American History

NEW  The American Presidency

A brisk review of the office, office holders and occasional awfulness of the United States Presidents, with topics like:  The Virginians, The Ones You’ve Never Heard Of, and the Impeached (or nearly).

  • Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm   Russell Walker
  • 10 sessions 12 January   £140 / £84  HA1: Stoke Lodge    


  • Thursdays 6.45pm to 8.45pm   Russell Walker
  • 10 sessions 14 January   £140 / £84  HA2: Online                 

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Ancient Greek History

NEW  Ancient History Taster:  Greek Theatre for Beginners

If you know nothing about ancient Greek theatre this is the perfect taster session for you. This short one-off introduction will cover the basic background and will outline the characteristics of both tragedy and comedy. A longer course may be offered later in the year.

  • Thursdays  10am  to 12noon   Richard Stride
  • 1 session 14 January   £16 / £10      HG1: Stoke Lodge

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NEW   Ancient  History  Taster:  Sparta and the Spartans

Everyone has heard of the Spartans, but do you know anything about their society? This one-off two hour course will provide a glimpse into the secretive and rather strange world of ancient Sparta.

  • Thursdays  10am  to 12noon   Richard Stride
  • 1 session 4 February   £16 / £10      HG2: Stoke Lodge           

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NEW  Alexander the Great – an Introduction

Have you ever wondered who Alexander the Great was, or what made him ‘Great’? This short course will give an overview of his life, achievements and legacy.

  • Tuesdays  6.30m to 8.30  Richard Stride
  • 5 sessions 23 February   £70 / £42    HG4: Stoke Lodge           

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The Spanish Civil War and its implications for Contemporary Spain

The course will examine the origins and consequences of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), for the understanding of contemporary Spain. Taking a historical approach, we will use films, documentaries, literature and history texts to illustrate the issues generated by the conflict, past and present.

  • Mondays 9.45am – 11.45am Gorka Diaz
  • 5 sessions 11 January  £70 / £35   HS1: Stoke Lodge          

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The Later Stuarts, 1660-1714

So much begins in this period- Parliamentary government, modern banking, the British Empire- but it is also an era of religious and political turmoil. We explore all these aspects and more.

  • Thursdays 1.15pm – 3.15pm  John Stevens
  • 10  sessions 14 January  £140 / £84   HB1: Stoke Lodge  

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Europe After Napoleon, 1815-1870

The age of Bismarck and Garibaldi still fascinates. We study how the great political forces- conservatism and liberalism, nationalism and socialism- contended for the hearts and minds, and in times of war or revolution, the lives- of Europeans.

  • Wednesdays 1.15pm – 3.15pm  John Stevens
  • 10 sessions 13 January  £140 / £84   HB2: Stoke Lodge           

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French History

NEW  Revolutions, coups, military defeats:

How democracy struggled to prevail in the political turmoil of the 19th and 20th centuries in France –  held in English

France is considered a country with a long and well-established democratic tradition. The French Revolution has made it the country of human rights, and it would seem fair to assume that France has been a republican and democratic country ever since.  But it could not be further from the truth. In fact, all along the 19th century and even for a good part on the 20th, the political situation was highly unstable and a democratic regime really struggled to prevail. Wars, revolutions and coups periodically punctuated French history, and republics, monarchies and even nearly dictatorial regimes alternated. Meanwhile, democratic ideas were progressing very slowly, but surely.   This course will explore this long progression, and all its twists and turns, using some authentic materials and starting a discussion about the events that make French history, and even French contemporary politics, so intricate.

  • Thursdays  1.30pm – 3.30pm  Magali Vidal                                                                                               
  • 5 sessions 25 February      £70 / £42    HF1: Stoke Lodge  

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NEW  Bristol in the Time of Cholera: The story of the 1832 Cholera Epidemic in Bristol

Cholera reached Bristol on July 11, 1832. The following day, the newspapers reported that they had reason to fear that cholera had arrived in earnest in the city. There had been four reported cases and three deaths followed by six further cases reported in the city gaol. How did the public react? What were the consequences for public health in the city at time, and how did the authorities react? Theories of public health officials in Bristol are examined along within the health impacts of the Floating Harbour.

  • Tuesday 2pm to 4pm  Rosemary Caldicott
  • 1 session 19 January   £16 / £10     SHR1: Online                 

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NEW   The Agricultural Revolution, the Working Classes, and the Landless Labourer.

An examination of the radical consequences of the eighteenth century agricultural revolution upon the population of England.

  • Tuesday 2pm to 4pm  Rosemary Caldicott
  • 1 session 30 March   £16 / £10     SHR2 : Online                 

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