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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We offer a range of long and short 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. Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
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  2. Friday lates: the home in art
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    From the renaissance to the present day the background, and the objects used by the people in an image give us a chance to see what homes and domestic life might have been like for artists and their contemporaries.



    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 £12.00
  3. Lunchtime lecture: Angelica Kauffmann, Neo-Classical woman
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Discover how Neo-Classical womanhood was developed in the art of Angelica Kauffman.



    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 £7.00
  4. Friday lates: Helen Chadwick - woman in revolt
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of British artist, Helen Chadwick (1953-1996) whose ground-breaking practice in sculpture, photography and installation art challenged media and public perceptions of women in society; and the female body. Exploring ideas of gender, identity and sexuality, Chadwick was significantly influential on a following generation of artists in Britain.



    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 £12.00
  5. Lunchtime lecture: Constable’s Hampstead
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Marilyn Greene
    Explore Georgian and Regency Hampstead walking (virtually) in the footsteps of John Constable and seeing places he painted and quotes about his thoughts and feelings on Hampstead and his art.



    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 £8.00 Concession £7.00
  6. Friday lates: Peggy Guggenheim - saving modern art
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    Get to know the curatorial practice and art collection of Peggy Guggenheim and how it helped to save the work of many modern artists from their fascist censors.



    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 £12.00
  7. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  8. Developing your creative writing
    Course start date:  Fri 12 Jan 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rebecca Ferrier
    This supportive intermediate course for writers with some experience will provide inspiration, technical guidance and feedback on your work, as well as helping you to sustain your writing practice. You will be working with other aspiring writers and benefit from the support and encouragement that working with a group over a whole term can bring.



    This course supports several kinds of creative writing, including prose fiction, poetry, reflective writing and memoir, whether they are finished pieces or works-in-progress.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £110.00
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  9. Creative non-fiction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jan 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    Explore practical and imaginative approaches to creative non fiction, including travel writing, life writing and the essay. Analyse published work, produce your own pieces, and benefit from detailed feedback.



    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 £189.00 Concession £95.00
  10. Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £55.00
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  11. Friday lates: contemporary art in China - over the Great Firewall
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Meitao Qu
    From creation to distribution, the explosion of digital technologies has transformed artmaking in a myriad of ways. In this session, we will journey across the Great Firewall to explore contemporary, new media art China.



    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 £12.00
  12. Origins of the Italian Renaissance: The Primitivi
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simone Chisena
    Discover the history, politics and intellectualism that fuelled the Italian Renaissance. Explore the art of Giotto and his peers from a new perspective.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  13. Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  14. Italian cinema: from Neorealism to the genre film
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 26 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cristina Massaccesi
    This cinema course focuses on Italian cinema in the years between 1945 and 1980. It will provide you with an overview of the main historical, cultural and social aspects of Italian filmmaking in Italy by looking at the work of some of its most influential author/directors.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
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