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Understanding our past is essential for making sense of the world around us and for planning its future. As historians at The Open University we want to share our passion for history and inspire our students to learn about the past. We are committed to delivering the highest quality teaching and assessment materials that are informed by up-to-date historical research. Our modules regularly achieve up to 90% student satisfaction ratings.

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The OU History lecture series opens a window onto the exciting research being conducted by historians at the Open University. The next series will run from January to May 2019, and you can attend in person, watch and ask questions live online, or view the recording afterwards. The topics discussed are chosen specifically for their resonances with contemporary events, and this year includes the English Reformation, the French Revolution, British imperialism, the European Union, and Celtic devolution. If you want to learn more about what the past can tell us about the present, these talks are for you.

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