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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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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

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All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Black internationalism in the heart of the Empire – History walk
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Want to learn more about the history of Black activism and anti-colonialism? Join A. S. Francis to learn more!
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  2. Go West!  Exploring West London
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    Via 10 walking tours we explore Shepherds Bush, Brook Green, Notting Hill, Hammersmith, Bedford Park, Barons Court, Earls Court, Fulham, Kensal Green,Cadogan Estate (Chelsea) discovering their history, buildings and past residents.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  3. The Heart of the City of London
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    Over four walks, we take in some great City of London’s history: its trade along Cheapside and amazing growth; its City Livery Company system and Halls; then how it dramatically burnt down; and how it massively changed in the nineteenth century in ways little thought about today.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  4. The many sides of London's West End
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    A course of walking tours of London’s West End showing its development from the seventeenth century, how its profile has ebbed and flowed, looking at it through specific themes.



    First meeting place: Covent Garden tube, outside exit on James Street.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  5. A history of art in 100 objects
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    What is art history? How can better a better understanding of the subject help us to better connect with art made by fellow humans? Explore these big questions of historical significance, socio-cultural impact and artistic process by studying a history of art in some of London’s greatest museums.
    Full fee £649.00 Senior fee £519.00 Concession £422.00
  6. Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
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  7. National Portrait Gallery
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Oct 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover 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.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £103.00
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