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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- 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 art and culture of 18th century London
- Writing fantasy: in partnership with the British LibraryFull fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £75.00
- London’s smaller galleries: Dulwich Picture GalleryFull fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
- 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
- Diverse DocklandsCourse start date: Tue 6 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Rachel KolskyExplore the ever-changing face of east London through four different dockland neighbourhoods: Canary Wharf, Limehouse, Shadwell and Isle of Dogs.
Meeting Place - first walk only
Dockers to Wharfers: Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf, Elizabeth Line station, Canada Place exit.Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
- London's smaller art collectionsCourse start date: Tue 31 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowDiscover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based art history course.
- Looking at contemporary artCourse start date: Fri 23 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Chantal CondronExplore and discuss contemporary art on show in London. Each week we’ll visit 1-2 commercial galleries or a public gallery and examine specific exhibitions of contemporary art across a range of media including painting, works on paper, photography, new media and sculpture.
- 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
- 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
- Study trip: glories of the Florentine RenaissanceCourse start date: Tue 9 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Marie-Anne MancioJoin us to explore Florence, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. This three-day tour is an opportunity to see some of the most famous Renaissance paintings, sculptures and buildings in context, with an expert art historian.Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £469.00 Concession £469.00
- National Portrait GalleryCourse start date: Mon 15 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Leslie PrimoDiscover portraiture and the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Different periods and styles are discussed each week in front of the portraits. Includes visits to the current temporary exhibitions.
- Study trip: Caravaggio in RomeCourse start date: Tue 16 Apr 2024
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Marie-Anne MancioJoin us to explore Caravaggio’s Rome, Italy’s most historic city. This three-day tour with an expert art historian will reveal another dimension to Caravaggio’s practice, showing you some stunning baroque artworks. Maximum 14 places.Full fee £469.00 Senior fee £469.00 Concession £469.00
- Pioneering women at the National Portrait GalleryCourse start date: Mon 29 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Off SiteTutors: Julie BarlowMeet some of history's most inspiring women, not only well-known pioneers but also women over the past five hundred years whose stories have been forgotten. Discover and celebrate their achievements.
- 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 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
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