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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
Expert – we reserve this for the courses that are the most intensive, specialist in nature and perhaps comparatively more costly.

Delivery

We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want

Price

Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

‘Sappho to Suffrage’: women who dared

Marking the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, The Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Sappho to Suffrage’ exhibition showcases more than eighty highlights from the Libraries’ extensive archival collection.

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Aspects of West Country History

Expand your local knowledge through a fascinating day-long exploration of West Country history with Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard, experienced local and family historian. Pop to delightful Dillington House for a day of delving into the tales of characters, families and companies – both terrific and terrible – which have shaped the Dorset and Somerset that we know today.

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Extended Tour – Explore the Bodleian Reading Rooms

A ninety minute, expertly guided tour of the historic reading rooms at the Bodleian Libraries that begins in the medieval library of Duke Humfrey’s, including Selen End. Further reading rooms to be visited include Radcliffe Camera, Convocation Court, Chancellor’s Court, Upper Reading Room and the 15th-century Divinity School.

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Natural History: Browse the Collections

From butterflies and bugs to dinosaurs. A chance to explore any of 80 million items online for free in the World’s largest collection of this type. Whether for your personal interest, or to show a family relative what exists in the natural world. Why not browse a collection and then follow up with a visit to the Museum?

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Lunchtime Lecture Series

Explore the stunning National Portrait Gallery for free, and attend one of the Lunchtime Lectures for the price of a coffee. A chance to really gain an insight into a particular part of history through the prism of one or more individuals. Add some extra intrigue to your Thursdays.

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Ancient Egypt

Learn like an Egyptian with this free online course – the perfect introduction for those with an interest in ancient Egypt and the land of the Pharaohs

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