History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

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 studiescreative 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. The American Civil War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    It was America’s bloodiest clash – pitting friend and family against one another, and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured over the four years (1861 – 1865).

    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 £71.00 Concession £45.00
  2. Craft focus: introduction to novel plotting
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you've made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
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  3. Ways into screenwriting: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on this short online course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  4. Constable's Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The artist John Constable rented properties in Hampstead with his family from 1819 until he made it his permanent home in 1827.This virtual walk looks at the Georgian and Regency Hampstead he knew and includes quotes from his letters and points out his favourite places he painted.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
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  5. Trains, drains and remains
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A virual tour considering the history of the city which is largely under our feet, we will discuss the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.

    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 £15.00 Concession £10.00
  6. A taste of creative writing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Give creative writing a try on this fun and supportive online short course. Ideal if you want to express yourself but need help in getting started. Guided exercises will encourage you to experiment and unlock your imagination. Please note: this course has a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  7. The art of writing the personal essay
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Follow in the footsteps of Dorothy Parker, George Orwell and Zadie Smith with this taster course on the personal essay, a continuously thriving genre of autobiographical writing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  8. Film Noir and the dark side of Hollywood
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Film noir describes the darker tone and visual style of 1940s/50s’ American films, from The Maltese Falcon to Kiss Me Deadly. Emigre directors, thrilled by Raymond Chandler’s pulp poetry, painted an expressionist realism onto the screen in an outburst of artistic maturity, style and meaning. Pulp fiction’s existentialism exposed Hollywood confections and the dark side of the American dream. Indeed, The Bad and the Beautiful led to The Long Goodbye.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Current affairs: social movements
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This 2-session introductory course will contextualise, connect and compare various aspects of both progressive social movements and counter-movements anchored in conservative and populist thought from around the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £26.00
  10. A walk through Highgate: Experiments in urban living
    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    In this virtual walk through Highgate we will discover historical points of interest including Highgate School, Pond Square and Waterlow Park, whilst focusing on experiments in urban living such as the iconic 1930s Highpoint I and II flats, the 1920s Holly Lodge Estate and 1950s homes built for a community of friends in St Ann’s Close. We finish near Parliament Hill that has great views over London.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
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  11. Life and times of George IV
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    George IV is remembered as the Prince Regent whose extravagance was matched by his good taste. Explore the tumultuous life and times of this fascinating monarch.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00
  12. Craft focus: novel plotting workshop (advanced)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you have made a start on your novel, but need help getting it into shape, this course provides a flexible template that will help you to overcome the obstacles ahead.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £80.00
  13. The Reconstruction Period in United States history: 1865 - 1877
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    In the aftermath of America’s bloodiest war, how did the nation and its leaders repair and rebuild its government, society and economy. The reforms and changes went far in some ways and not far enough in many others.

    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 £71.00 Concession £45.00
  14. The Heights of Dickens
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Follow in Charles Dickens’ footsteps in a virtual walk from Highgate to the hamlet of North End on the border with Hampstead and Hampstead Garden Suburb. We see houses that Dickens stayed in; learn about his friendships; see inspirations for David Copperfield and peep into Highgate Cemetery where several members of the Dickens family were buried. We will pay a visit to the Spaniard’s Inn featured in the Pickwick Papers and continue with Bill Sikes' journey in Oliver Twist from Highgate Hill across the grounds of Kenwood towards North End and Hendon.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
  15. Religions of India: what Jainism can teach us about peace and the environment
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The Jain religion is non-theistic and believes in an everlasting soul and a material body. Its morality is based on non-violence and non-acquisition. The Jain aphorism ‘all life is interdependent’ is in tune with creating a peaceful and sustainable world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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