Explore History, Culture & Writing
Explore our extraordinary range of History, Culture and Writing courses and lectures. We offer both introductory and specialist in-depth courses to suit all levels of interest and experience, from ‘How to read a film’ and World literature, to Creative non-fiction writing courses and American history and Politics courses.
Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators; many have published, teach in universities or share their expertise in the media. Tutors share their knowledge and passion through presentations, readings, interactive discussion and exercises, analysis, and other activities.
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Our popular courses often sell out quickly, so we invite you to browse and book your place now.
- City of words: further adventuresCourse start date: Thu 11 Jan 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Eleanor JacksonLondon luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections.
London guide: Eleanor Jackson. First meeting point at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
London guide: Eleanor Jackson.
- The City of London: the Square MileCourse start date: Wed 25 Oct 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul SinclairExplore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts.
This course will comprise of 8 walks starting with Roman London. First meeting place at Monument station on the Monument side.Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
- An introduction to European decorative arts at the V&ACourse start date: Thu 18 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Andreas PetzoldThe Victoria and Albert Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of European decorative arts in the world. This course aims to provide an introduction to these rich collections. It will focus on the period 1500 to 1900, but references later developments. The main media will be explored including textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and silver.Full fee £89.00
- Introduction to Tate Britain
- An introduction to stained glass at the V&ACourse start date: Thu 9 May 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Andreas PetzoldStained glass has been described as the most original and important medium in the high Middle Ages. The Victoria and Albert Museum has one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of stained glass in the world, spanning the twelfth century to the modern period. The course will provide an introduction to this medium and the collection of it in the Victoria and Albert Museum.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
- Art Deco London walkCourse start date: Thu 20 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Diane BursteinTravel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected.
Meeting outside St James’s Park tube station (Broadway exit) and finishing at the coach station. Meeting outside St James’s Park tube station (Broadway exit) and finishing at the coach station.
- Looking at paintingsCourse start date: Fri 29 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julia MusgraveLook at masterpieces in major London galleries in this introduction to European painting. Explore different painting techniques and genres (landscape, portrait and history painting) for a basic understanding and increased enjoyment of Western art.
- Medieval and Renaissance art at the V&AFull fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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