5 week online course, Tuesdays 7-9pm. This course will examine Viking origins in the Scandinavian Bronze Age and then follow them as they travelled westwards to America, southwards to Sicily and eastwards through Russia to the Islamic Caliphate in the Middle East.
This course introduces participants to the Bronze Age on Crete (the Minoans), mainland Greece (the Mycenaeans) and Troy, from the end of the Neolithic period (c.3000 BC) through various stages of palatial and warrior societies, to the sudden collapse of the Mycenaean civilisation in c.1100 BC.
Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood joins Dr Adrián Maldonado, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, to discuss Adrián’s new book, Crucible of Nations: Viking Age to Medieval Scotland. The book reassesses the museum’s 9—12th century collections, uncovering an exciting new vision of Scotland’s diverse and creative past.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is a small, remote, volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean, some 2500 km from its nearest neighbour and 4000km from mainland Chile. Its extreme isolation has governed its past and ongoing existence. Many myths and enigmas about Rapa Nui have been generated by the records of early explorers, folk memories surviving from a population that had declined to about 250 people by 1915, sensationalised concepts of self-induced eco-disaster, and by the public’s fascination with the idea of societal collapse associated with the demise of an iconic tradition of colossal statue construction (AD 1200 and 1550
5 week online course, Tuesdays 7-9pm. This course will look at food and feasting from the days of Homo Neanderthalensis to the Late Medieval / Early Tudor period and will consider the relationships between food and social culture.
Part One of The Victorian Society's Autumn talk series Building the Victorian & Edwardian Terraced House will focus on the terraced house, the ordinary but much-loved housing that forms the bedrock of English and Welsh cities. Alec Forshaw, historian & urban designer will open the series by tracing the origins & history of the terraced house in Bloomsbury.
5 week online course, Wednesdays 7-9pm. We study the worlds of the wealthy, middle, and working classes - from large country estates and townhouses to humble cottages and London rookeries of the residuum; their social and cultural life, living, and working conditions.