Free Online Course

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Check out this FREE online course entitled “Applied Public History: Places, People, Stories” led by the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community based at the Institute of Historical Research.


This course introduces learners to applied public history: understanding and interpreting the past today, and engaging diverse communities in the practice of making and sharing histories. The course draws on project case studies, expert insights and diverse perspectives to model exciting approaches to researching and sharing the history of places and people. Learners will develop a toolkit to apply in their own practice, by participating in discussion, quizzes, creative activities and mini masterclasses.

What kinds of stories can we discover through research into the history of places and people? How do we engage diverse communities with those stories today? What kinds of imaginative approaches can we use to interpret the past? And what tools and opportunities can we create to include new groups and individuals in local research initiatives? Led by the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London – the UK’s national centre for history – this course investigates these questions and helps learners develop transferable approaches to their own local history and heritage interpretation.

Course features

  • Shareable Certificate – earn a Certificate upon completion
  • 100% online – start instantly and learn at your own schedule
  • Flexible deadlines – reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
  • Beginner Level
  • Approx. 25 hours to complete
  • English

The Syllabus

  • Week 1 – Your Place
  • Week 2 – Discovering Stories
  • Week 3 – Public History and Creative Places
  • Week 4 – History and the Present
  • Week 5 – Research Together
  • Week 6 – Communication and Evaluation

Course Instructor

The course instructor is Professor Catherine Clarke, Director of the Centre for the History of People, Place and Community.

More information

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