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Discover the hidden history of York

Explore the history of York from a range of new perspectives. 

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Three weeks

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History FutureLearn

This course will explore a diverse selection of engaging and unusual episodes from York’s history. 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, this course will provide insights into the broader social and cultural history of the city. 

By highlighting a range of primary sources, including those held within the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York, the course will expose the centrality of York to the pivotal events and processes that defined modern Britain: the rise of urban identity, religious reformation, industrialisation, and empire.

Assessments (and subsequent certificates) are optional and carry a fee, with the exception of people with a York username for whom they are free.

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