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Learning about heritage online

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.


 If you need support to access these links please let us know. Contact Ruthie Boys (Heritage Engagement Officer) at heritage@aurorawellbeing.org.uk



Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

Learn how to research your family tree and share the results with this online genealogy course. University of Strathclyde


Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century

Discover the history of protest, parliament and citizens’ rights. Royal Holloway, University of London


The Museum as a Site and Source for Learning

Explore the purpose of museums today and find how they facilitate learning. University of Glasgow


Cultural Heritage and the City

Discover how cities develop their own unique cultures and explore key concepts related to cultural heritage. European University Institute


From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold War

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


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. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


Beyond the Ballot: Womens Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today

Explore the campaign for womens right to vote and its impact on womens rights and equality to the present day. Royal Holloway, University of London


Working Lives on Britain's Railways: Railway History and Heritage

Discover Britain's industrial heritage and learn about the lives of British railway workers from 1840-1914. University of Strathclyde


Working Lives in the Coal Mines: Mining History and Heritage

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


Rome: A Virtual Tour of the Ancient City

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


Exploring Stone Age Archaeology: The Mysteries of Star Carr

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


Archaeology: from Dig to Lab and Beyond

Get an introduction to studying archaeology, exploring exciting discoveries in the Vale of Pewsey, near to Stonehenge and Avebury. University of Reading


Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher

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


From Waterloo to the Rhine: The British Army 1815-1945

Examine one of the UKs most storied institutions, and how 130 years of social, cultural and military change have shaped it. University of Kent.


Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

Use literary and archaeological evidence to see how ancient Greeks and Romans approached health, well-being and societal issues. Open University


A History of Royal Fashion

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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The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Doncaster Council

Cancer Buddies Scheme

Prostate Cancer


Dial Doncaster

Disability Support

Breast Cancer


Bassetlaw Museum

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