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.
Many students return to take more courses, telling us they enjoy being part of our City Lit Learning community.
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- A stroll through British art: 1500-1850Course start date: Wed 6 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Elizabeth EyresOn this informal gallery-based course you will explore and discuss the history and characteristics of British art from the 16th century to the mid-19th century. The course will take place offsite at both the National Gallery and Tate Britain.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- Village LondonCourse start date: Wed 24 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul SinclairLondon is made up of a series of villages, each with its own individual characteristics. Explore Shoreditch, Mayfair, Bermondsey, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell, Islington, Harrow on the Hill and Wapping,in 8 guided walks.
First meeting place:meet at Shoreditch High Street station.
- Islamic art in 25 objectsCourse start date: Wed 24 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Anita ChowdryDiscover important objects of Islamic Art dating across a more than a millennium in London galleries. We will study world-famous objects, discover lesser known gems, study their context and understand how they relate to one another and the wider world.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- London's smaller art collectionsCourse start date: Tue 20 Feb 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowDiscover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
- London's smaller galleries: Dulwich Picture GalleryFull fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- London's smaller galleries: Apsley HouseCourse start date: Wed 12 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowExplore the home and art collection of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington.
- Further village LondonCourse start date: Wed 19 Jun 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Paul Sinclair
A further five walks around London's former villages - Hampstead, Highgate, Fitzrovia and Soho.
Why did these areas grow up as villages and how did they become swallowed up by the city of London?
First meeting place: Hampstead, meet at Hampstead tube.
- London's smaller art galleries: Leighton HouseCourse start date: Wed 20 Mar 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowA Palace of Art built for the Olympian Giant of the Victorian art world but also a place to live and work. This short course provides a fascinating exploration of Leighton’s world.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- London's hidden art and architecture
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