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. Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items in the 19th century.

    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
  2. Dickens' London
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  3. Autobiography into fiction: a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn how to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction in this fun course for fiction writing beginners and those interested in writing fiction from life. Develop your writing skills and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into written narratives, realistic or fantastical.

    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. 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
  5. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. Jesus: what does the evidence say?
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the evidence in the New Testament and other sources for who Jesus was, what he did and why he was crucified. This will involve developing knowledge of the New Testament and biblical interpretation.

    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 £12.00
  9. 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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. Craft focus: grammar, syntax and style for creative writers - a taster
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Great poetry and prose begin when the writer puts the right words in the right places. Learn how and why the rules and conventions of language matter in this new course, which combines creative writing with opportunities to learn/revise essential points of grammar and useful literary concepts. Suitable for beginning writers looking to build confidence, and those with more experience who would like to practise these essential skills.

    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
  11. 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  12. 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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    100% of 100
  13. Editing for journalists: how to make your copy shine
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Writing to length, using good language and keeping your story tight is a must for all journalists. Through a series of exercises, you will be shown how to write hard and soft news stories and how to edit them.

    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
  14. Crime and Punishment in Old London
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come on a virtual trip through the old City and its borders taking in beheadings and brutality at the Tower, tales of cutpurses and con men, the rise of prisons and the ghastly punishments that were meted out to wrongdoers. We go on a journey to Newgate Gaol, the Bridewell Prison and the places of execution including the notorious Tyburn Tree to hear tales of brutality, escapes and the bloodthirsty crowds who watched executions. Our tour includes London’s atmospheric legal quarter taking in the Old Bailey, The Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court to discover how London’s legal system developed .

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £13.00
  15. Religion, ethics and modern life: assisted dying and Christianity
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore religious approaches to ethics, with a focus on sources and ideas from the Christian tradition, and apply these to the moral issue of assisted dying.

    This course may include content that some learners may find of a sensitive or challenging nature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00

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