The Department of History have launched a free online course in collaboration with the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museums, building upon the department’s notable achievements in engaging with a wide audience with their previous online courses examining Magna Carta and its legacy, and photography and film in the writing of history.

Making extensive use of archive material and exhibits from the RAF Museum, the six week course will introduce participants to some of the most significant events in the history of Britain and the RAF during the Cold War, from the immediate aftermath of World War II to their engagement in Britain’s defence of the Falkland Islands in the 1980s and Gulf War I in the early 1990s. It will also examine how the RAF’s changing role has been remembered and memorialised in public life.

The course will be guided by Royal Holloway’s Dr Emmett Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in History, and Dr Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian at the RAF Museum.

Dr Sullivan commented

“This is an exciting opportunity for anyone to engage with a fascinating period of our history, with unprecedented access to the RAF archives and exhibits. Whether you’re interested in mid 20th century, aviation or Cold War history there will be something for you in this course and you don’t need any previous experience of studying this subject.”

The course starts on 14 March and sign up is available here.