Discover the Hidden History of York
University of York
  • Start Date: 11 Jul, 2022
  • 3 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Investigate York’s cultural and social history and the pivotal events and people that helped define a nation.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility

Course Description

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

Uncover fascinating facts about the city of York, from medieval times to today

York is a city bursting with engaging and unusual episodes from its rich and diverse history.

On this three-week course, you’ll delve into the city’s past and learn about some of the most interesting events and people to have contributed to York’s story.

Discover York’s secret history and its part in shaping modern Britain

From medieval mystery plays, religious crimes, and brutal punishments in the early modern period, to the emergence of a world-leading chocolate industry in the nineteenth century, you’ll learn how key events that played out in York helped define movements in a wider British context.

You’ll be introduced to key figures including Joan of Leeds and Margaret Clitherow, and discover their fascinating stories.

With this localised understanding of history, you’ll be able to draw parallels with religious reformation, industrialisation, and colonial movements across the British Empire, and frame York as a microcosm of British history.

Explore the rise of York’s chocolate empire and its role in the history of chocolate

Rowntree’s are synonymous with sweet treats and recognised as one of the titans of chocolate production.

Discover how a local family established an edible empire and cemented the city’s reputation within the chocolate industry.

Examine historical sources direct from the archives at the University of York

With access to artefacts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives, you’ll be able to investigate primary sources that bring the past to life.

You’ll develop your academic research skills while gaining insights into historical York from the people who were there.

By the end of this course, you’ll have gained an understanding of York’s history and how its people and its past have contributed to a national identity and narrative.

This course is designed for prospective students considering an undergraduate history degree at the University of York, or those with an interest in the local history of the city.

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

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best. We are a high-performing, research-intensive Russell Group university, committed to providing an environment where great minds can thrive.

We support our students’ ambitions by offering opportunities to develop and grow, and to learn from the diverse skills and perspectives in our community. Through this approach, we create independent critical thinkers of the future who prosper in a global workplace.

York’s diverse community makes it an inspiring and exciting place to work. Our academics are world-leading in their field, undertaking research that has a global impact and is supported by an informal culture which fosters interdisciplinary collaboration. At York, students are taught by these researchers and benefit from their extensive knowledge and real-world experience.

Situated in the historic and cosmopolitan city of York, the University’s green and open campus is an excellent environment in which to live and to learn.


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