There is a huge volume of online courses to engage with during the lockdown. At the moment you may be looking for something new to do, you may be looking for a challenge or are making plans to use your time to take part, learn new skills and pursue interests and passions. If this is you, you may find the following useful.
We have gathered together a handful of flexible, introductory online courses from the FutureLearn platform that you may enjoy. The list below is inspired by heritage, health and history and each link takes you to further details about the course. Each course includes access to articles, audio and videos from the experts at universities around the UK, with quizzes to test your understanding and opportunities to comment or ask questions. There is also a social aspect to the online courses with the option to share ideas and take part in discussions if you choose to. The list below is just the beginning, FutureLearn offers a range of short courses across many subjects.
Please note the FutureLearn platform does require you to sign-up with an email address and log-in to access the free courses.
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Learn how to research your family tree and share the results with this online genealogy course. University of Strathclyde
Discover the history of protest, parliament and citizens’ rights. Royal Holloway, University of London
Explore the purpose of museums today and find how they facilitate learning. University of Glasgow
Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage. European University Institute
Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford. Royal Holloway, University of London
Understand where public health has come from, why it looks the way it does today and where it might go next. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Explore the campaign for women’s right to vote and its impact on women’s rights and equality to the present day. Royal Holloway, University of London
Discover Britain's industrial heritage and learn about the lives of British railway workers from 1840-1914. University of Strathclyde
Explore the experiences of workers in the coal mining industry from the 1840s to the 1920s and learn about its impact on Britain. University of Strathclyde
Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course. University of Reading
Discover Star Carr, one of the world's most important archaeological sites, and learn what life was like over 10,000 years ago. University of York
Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury. University of Reading
Learn how to understand the past to explain the present, and get to know the amazing sources and resources of the British Library. University of Nottingham
Examine one of the UK’s most storied institutions, and how 130 years of social, cultural and military change have shaped it. University of Kent.
Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being and societal issues. Open University
Explore how British kings and queens have influenced fashion over 500 years. In partnership with Historic Royal Palaces. University of Glasgow
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