History, culture & writing - The British Museum

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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.

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  1. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for beginners at the British Museum
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 13 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  The British Museum

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    This four-week course delves into the written words and thoughts of the ancient Egyptians. Students will gain a foundation in the iconic writing of hieroglyphs, putting their newfound skills into practice by reading original texts from British Museum artefacts. This is a truly fascinating and intricate language, and it offers its readers the ability to understand the lost voices of one of history’s most remarkable civilisations. The class will be held at the British Museum.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
  2. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: continuation course at the British Museum
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  The British Museum

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    Follow-on course from the Introduction. Presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, this four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of Egyptian Hieroglyphs. The class will be held at the British Museum.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00

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