Courses

Make the most of your summer with our diverse range of courses. Whether you want to take up something new to challenge yourself, revisit rusty skills, or take your experience and knowledge to the next level, we have a huge range of courses for you to explore.

Study in the heart of London, with evening, weekend and weekday, daytime courses.

Use the filter on the left hand side to search by category, time of day, price and more to ensure you find a course which is right for you.

September open days

Try something new at our open days on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 September. Enjoy taster courses, tours, exhibitions, pop-up shops, performances, open studios and information fair. Pre-book taster courses and workshops, from Arabic to aromatherapy, piano to poetry, watercolour to web design and much more...

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  1. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  2. 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

  3. A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 24 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. A grand day out: Winchester Cathedral

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Winchester Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches in the country and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Discover the cathedral and its treasures during this one-day location-based course. Transport costs not included.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. A history of India from 1500

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The structure of Indian society, its colonial heritage, and the fabric of India’s rich cultural history have shaped, and in turn have been shaped by, the politics and economic changes over the centuries - telling the rich story of how contemporary India came to be. Tutor: James Chiriyankandath.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  7. A history of London: 1815-1845

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did London and Londoners experience the period of repression and reform that followed the long French wars? How did London develop and what was the impact of the railways?
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  8. A history of London: 1845-1880

    Course Date: Tue 9 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore High Victorian London- its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. A history of London: 1880-1914

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London- capital of empire- was a city of contrasts. Great wealth and poverty led to fine buildings and slums while a rising standard of living for many impacted little on those in need.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. A history of piano music

    Course Date: Wed 18 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the development of keyboard instruments and their repertoire from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the late works of Brahms. Explore the composers and makers who shaped the keyboard into one of the most versatile and popular instruments of all time, and learn about history, style, genre and function through guided listening and score reading. Break week: 30th May.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the 'Arabian Nights', Boccaccio created the first Italian novel. He also went beyond Christian morality and contemporary canons to portray an extraordinary variety of themes, characters and settings. Includes scenes from Pasolini's eponymous film.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. A pilgrimage through Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

    Course Date: Thu 12 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on some key tales, we look at the early manuscripts, consider Chaucer's use of language and imagery, and explore themes that run through the Tales: corruption, religion, gender, and status in medieval society.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. A psychoanalytical approach to film

    Course Date: Tue 10 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, exploring iconic works by directors including Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Freudian and Lacanian themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £44.00

  15. A psychoanalytical approach to film: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one day introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, exploring iconic works by directors including Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Freudian and Lacanian themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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