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. From markets to malls: the history of shopping in London
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Diane Burstein
    From the City markets and shops of Cheapside (Medieval London’s Oxford Street) we move via the historic specialist shops of St James’s to the grand department stores and London markets. Discover how Londoners changed their shopping habits through the years and learn about the history of some of our most famous stores. A shop founded by a royal footman, a 17th century hatter, the department store owner who went to jail for expanding his business and the store which was the scene of its owner’s murder all feature.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Art history taster
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Curious about art history? Join us for this taster session where we explore different ways into visual art and its histories from the ancient to the contemporary.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  3. Creative non-fiction: a taster
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julie Garton
    Have you had experiences that will move, delight or entertain readers? This taster session in creative-non fiction explores approaches to capturing your most poignant moments and crafting them into inspiring pieces of literature.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
    Rating:
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  4. Children's writing: a taster
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 28 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew Weale
    Find out more about writing children's stories in this short, practical and interactive taster session.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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