100 things to do for free

Celebrate our centenary year by joining us at some of our '100 things to do for free'

September 2019 marks 100 years since we opened our doors.

To say thank you to Londoners for a century of support we have free places on courses and events throughout the year. Join us to celebrate our diverse community of students, staff and partners. Free places include performances, shows, talks and courses that span the breadth of subjects at City Lit. Where places are limited you will need to book a free space via Eventbrite where indicated below, places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

100 Portraits, until 15 December 2019, City Lit Gallery, 1-10 Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA (open daily)
This exhibition shows our 100 Centenary portraits; a celebration of people who contribute to making City Lit special. The photographs offer an insight into the wide range of learning possible at City Lit, from the skills and knowledge that tutors offer to the many talents that students develop. 24 participants were invited to loan a piece of work for this inaugural exhibition to highlight the breadth and variety of skills accomplished in their subjects.


October 2019

Ambassador Lecture Series - Dame Rosalind Marsden, Wednesday 23 October, 13:00-14:00 - Book >
Dame Rosalind Marsden will talk about her career as a British diplomat with a particular focus on her experience in conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and South Sudan.  She will also speak about her subsequent career as an EU diplomat and then as a political analyst and consultant specialising in Sudan and South Sudan.   The Ambassador will speak for 40 minutes, after which there will be time for a Q&A.

From Mechanics Institute to Open University: adult education in England from the  1820s to the 1960s, 26 October 2019, 10:30-13:30 - Book >
Marking the City Lit centenary, coverage of the subject includes Mechanics Institutes, working people’s colleges and the university extension movement together with local authority provision, the Workers’ Educational Association and origins of the Open University.

November 2019

Science lecture: Radmila Topalovic: Women who changed the world: the ten most influential female scientists, 15 November, 18:30-20:00 - Book >
In this talk we will explore the extraordinary careers of ten female scientists and their groundbreaking discoveries in a range of scientific fields. We will look at the various challenges they had to face and their determination to succeed in a competitive and demanding environment. These women should inspire us all. More information >

Writing forum 2019: Rising voices – diversity on the page, 30 November 2019, 14:00-17:30 - Sorry we are sold out!
It's an exciting time to be a reader and writer as so many more voices and stories are finding their way to the page. Join the Writing department this November for a special one-off forum where we will explore and celebrate diversity in contemporary writing. We've got some very special guests lined up to help us navigate our theme through talks, panel discussion, and a practical writing exercise. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A. Watch this space to find out who our guest speakers are…! More information >