History Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Londoners access clean water and dispose of waste? How many public toilets were there before 1500? Explore the history of drains, sewage and latrines in pre-modern London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Ronald Reagan: the 'happy warrior'

    Course Date: Thu 18 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Reagan reset the American presidency after the traumas of the 60's and 70's. Often dismissed as a triumph of style over substance, Reagan changed the direction of the US and the world. Now, with some critical distance, it is time to review and appraise the man and what he achieved.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  3. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th. Century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  5. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a “golden age”? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  6. Climate change and its implications

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Climate change is the most serious issue the world faces, with far reaching social, economic and political consequences. Inaction would be dramatic but solutions to limit temperature rises will also have profound impact on societies and on the world order.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Constable's Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath. Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). The course will include a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  8. Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Crime and punishment during the Middle Ages. Using medieval London records, we explore how municipal authorities dealt with a range of offenders from murderers to cross-dressing prostitutes. Tutor: Vanessa King

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  9. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at City Lit. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  10. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session will be a lecture at the City Lit.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  11. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1830s to the 1930s. The initial lecture will be held at City Lit followed by 10 walks. The final session will be held at City Lit.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  12. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 11 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included.

    London guide: Paul Sinclair. Initial lecture at City Lit. Entrance fees not included

    London guide: Paul Sinclair.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

  13. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at City Lit. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 12 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. Our lecture and walks examine London’s buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First session at City Lit, Keeley Street.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  15. The Stalin Regime: 1928-1941

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This is an introduction to the history of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union between 1928 and 1941. Students will learn about key events during the Stalin years and how historians approach them.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £39.00

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