History, culture & writing

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others. In addition please take a look at our new range of one-off workshops and study days run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on humanities@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. "Habsburgh" Cities in the Successor States (since 1918)

    Course Date: Fri 12 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course will cover the divergent trajectories of the same cities in the successor states to the Habsburg Empire. While Vienna went from Imperial metropolis via capital of a small nation state to provincial backwater during the Third Reich before its rebirth after 1945 and especially following the fall of Communism, Budapest and Prague became the seats of government of independent Hungary and Czechoslovakia in 1918. Tutor: Rudolf Muhs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. "They shall not grow old": religion, the war dead and remembrance in Britain, 1914-1939

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On Remembrance Day itself, we explore the historical origins and cultural/religious context of honouring the dead of the Great War both during the conflict and between 1919-1939 including memorials, the Great Silence and battlefield pilgrimages.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  3. 'Out of sight…': life of inmates in the Victorian workhouse, prison and lunatic asylum

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside in them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, rationale for the policies/ approaches adopted and changes made in the Victorian era.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 1 - Bishop Hensley Henson and Dean Hewlett Johnson

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores the context, life, contributions and controversies relating to both senior Anglican clerics, including upholding radical theological ideas, anti-trade unionism and disestablishment (Henson) or First World War pacifism and championing Stalin’s Russia (Johnson).
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 2 - Bishop George Bell and Bishops Mervyn Stockwood and John Robinson

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This self-contained course outlines the life and achievements of each of these bishops, together with the context and significance of the various controversies and longer-term consequences associated with them.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  6. 17th century Europe: religion, money, power

    Course Date: Fri 22 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A time of devastating religious wars and economic crisis. How did Europe solve the problem of religious war and civil war between 1618-1648? How did money and power combine in this crucial period of the development of capitalism? Why was the oldest share in the world issue in Holland in 1606? [Note: No class session on 10th November]. Tutor: Andrew MacKay.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  7. 18th century garden history: Arcadia and the 18th century garden

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Gardens are artificial but the greatest English contribution to art was to make them appear natural. Investigate how the 18thc redefined garden making, and the way we understand the landscape, both in theory and practice. Please see the course outline (on website) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. 18th century garden history: towards Arcadia

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how and why the decades after the Restoration became a really exciting period in garden history, as formality gradually gave way and designers like Vanbrugh, Bridgeman and Kent worked their magic on the landscape. Please see the course outline (citylit.ac.uk) before enrolling to check any additional costs (travel, entrance fees etc) or time commitments involved in this course.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. 1900-1940: The rise and fall of empires

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1900, there were numerous empires: some solely in Europe, others spanning Asia and other parts of the world. Why did some collapse and others expand as a result of the Great War? Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. 1917: an entrance and an exit in the First World War

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    1917 was a momentous year in the First World War. We will look primarily at two great turning points in the War: the entry of the United States into the conflict and the collapse of Tsarist Russia in the two revolutions. Tutor: Alison Appleby.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  11. 3-D cinema in big screen projection

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 1953, 3-D was Hitchcock’s 'Dial M for Murder'. Now it’s 'Hugo', 'Gravity' and 'The Walk' (tightrope between the Twin Towers). Watch the best 3-D films in 3-D on our new projection system to enjoy an enhanced educational experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  12. 3D movies in big screen projection: Hitchcock to Scorsese

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    3D is part of any filmmaker’s toolkit to put you into the action. 3D specs provided, along with history and thrills. Films screened in 3D include 'Dial M for Murder', 'Hugo' and 'The Walk' (tightrope walk across the Twin Towers).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. A beginners' guide to cinema: how to read a film

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get to grips with a range of different film styles and extend your film-critical vocabulary by viewing and analysing passages from films old and new from around the world.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. A Dickens’ of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 12 Dec 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign. We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the ‘traditional’ Christmas season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  15. A golden age of British cinema: the 1940s

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The 1940s saw major developments in British films and filmmaking matched by record numbers of cinema-goers. Explore a range of films, and themes such as realism and melodrama, in this golden decade of British cinema.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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