History, culture & writing

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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Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lou Kuenzler
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories; a starter course to develop both your ideas and your technique.



    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 £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  2. London's smaller art collections
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Discover some of London’s fascinating smaller art collections and hidden art treasures on this gallery-based course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  3. City Lit reading group 1
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tabby Toussaint
    Share thoughts and ideas about what you are reading, with books chosen by the group. Please come to the first session on Friday 23 September with suggestions (English-language contemporary fiction in paperback) and having read Open Water (2021) by Caleb Azumah Nelson. Monthly meetings on 23 Sept; 28 Oct, 2 Dec; 20 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 March; 28 April; 26 May; 30 June.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £123.00
  4. A history of London : 1846-1880
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mike Berlin
    You will explore High Victorian London - its people, its outward growth and the growth of its economy. How did Londoners experience life in the centre and in the new suburbs?
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £110.00
  5. City of words: further adventures
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Eleanor Jackson
    London 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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £75.00
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  6. Discovering South London walks
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    An exploration of the history of South London via 10 walking tours in the areas of Brixton, Lambeth, Waterloo, Bermondsey, Rotherhithe, Dulwich, Peckham, Blackheath, Eltham and Woolwich.



    First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station. First meeting place for this course will be Waterloo under the clock at Waterloo main line station.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £136.00
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  7. National Gallery
    Course start date:  Mon 23 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Leslie Primo
    Discuss a differently themed group of paintings each week in front of the pictures. An opportunity to understand our national collection in greater depth.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
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  8. Introduction to Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of Tate Modern by looking at the work of modern and contemporary artists in painting, video, sculpture and mixed media installations.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  9. London churches
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00

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