Country Houses and the British Empire: How Imperialism Transformed Britain’s Colonial Countryside
University of Leicester
  • Start Date: 04 Oct, 2021
  • 6 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Explore the fascinating histories of Britain’s colonial houses and their links to the British Empire.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Gain insights into the British Empire’s reach by examining its colonial houses

The British country house has always been part of the nation’s heritage, but the latest historical research suggests that it is even more than that. Colonial houses have deep, complex interrelations with the British Empire itself.

If you’d like to understand exactly how country houses were connected to the wider world and were considered ‘global’ rather than simply ‘British’, this six-week course from the University of Leicester is for you.

This course takes a new look at the roots and reach of the British empire; it focuses on the typical country house and the objects it contains.

Examining these objects will give you a unique understanding of the connections that recent historical research has found between Britain’s empire and its colonial homes. Ultimately, you’ll see how Britain influenced and was influenced by the countries that it colonised.

Delve deeper into the effects of British colonialism

The effects of British Imperialism were felt by the people who lived in the former colonies, and by those who were brought to or born in 17th- and 18th-century rural Britain.

On this course, you’ll get a chance to unpack the political, social, and cultural effects of British imperialism. In so doing, you’ll be able to understand and participate in important reparative history efforts.

Learn about British history from experts in the know

As an authority on all aspects of the British Empire, The University of Leicester is a clear choice for a course that takes a fresh look at the history of British colonialism.

A partnership with the National Trust further ensures the high calibre of this course. You can trust that the training material and expert educators will make British history come alive in a whole new way.

This course is designed for anyone interested in British history, especially the sociocultural reach and influence of the British empire. Heritage professionals, writers, and teachers will find it especially engaging.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is a leading research led university with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching.

It was named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education when the judges described Leicester as “elite without being elitist.” Leicester is consistently ranked amongst the top 20 universities in the United Kingdom. The University is most famous for the invention of Genetic Fingerprinting and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.


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