History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

We offer an extraordinary range of courses during the day, in the evening and at weekends, from the most popular subjects to the completely unique, including film studies, creative and non-fiction writing courses and American history courses. Many of our tutors are nationally recognised in their fields, including published authors, and practising professionals in the media. As a learner you can also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as the British Film Institute and close links with The British Museum, the London Transport Museum and many others.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Anthropology for beginners: what is anthropology?

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This introductory course gives you the basic tools for an elementary understanding of anthropology. We will identify methods and areas of concern that distinguish it from sociology, history and other disciplines.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £57.00

  2. Lesser known North London walks - a virtual exploration

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Via Zoom and PowerPoint illustrated talks discover the history of a variety of North London’s lesser known neighbourhoods including Highgate, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Somers Town, Wood Green, Muswell Hill and Finchley.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  3. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our

    embattled past. These illustrated lectures examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. Shakespeare's Unruly Women

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will look at a range of Shakespeare’s female characters, exploring representations of love, marriage, widowhood, madness and female power. Characters include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet), Lady Macbeth and the witches (Macbeth), Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), and Measure for Measure (Isabella).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens'

    dramas and Wilde's witticisms. Each week we will explore, virtually, a different London neighbourhood &

    investigate its literary connections.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  6. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. These lectures will examine London’s

    buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  7. Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Henry VII ruled England from the moment he seized the crown following the Battle of Bosworth until his death in 1509, yet there is nothing inevitable about the foundation of the Tutor dynasty. Just how strong was the Tudor claim to the throne and what is Henry VII’s legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  8. Meeting Proust on Swann's Way

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover Proust's inner world exploration in a close reading of the first volume of In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. A deferred kiss, a dipped madeleine and a whole world unfolds.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Key texts of 20th century drama: Beckett, Osborne, Pinter & Miller

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore the concerns,styles and influences of 5 key 20th century dramatic texts and how they reflect the society they were written in. Texts: Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, Endgame by Beckett, The Birthday Party by Pinter, A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller and Plenty by David Hare.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Reading for writers: queer fiction (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the scope of human experience through the lens of LGBT+ writers, and learn from them the fundamentals of writing compelling fiction. This fortnightly intermediate course combines reading and analysis of key queer texts with practical writing exercises. Suitable for all those with some creative writing experience and an interest in queer perspectives in fiction.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  11. Medieval London

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course explores the forces that shaped London between the coming of the Normans and the age of

    the Tudors.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £52.00

  12. The essay - academic writing

    The essay - academic writing

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A crash course in essay writing – beginnings, middles and ends. Suitable for students on A-level and access courses or undergraduates. For full-time students, there is a special reduced fee of £40.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Philosophy and feminism

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Contemporary philosophy has seen a rise in interest in feminist issues. Whilst all feminists are committed to gender equality, they tend to have different conceptions of and approaches to achieving egalitarian gender relations.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  15. Poetry workshop: intensive

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Want to have your poems critiqued in a supportive environment? This intensive poetry workshop focuses on offering feedback to poets who have already written a selection of poems and are looking to push their writing further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

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