History, culture & writing

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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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  2. Picture book writing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 21 Jan 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £70.00
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  3. Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  4. A stroll through British art: 1500-1850
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    On this informal gallery-based course you will explore and discuss the history and characteristics of British art from the 16th century to the mid-19th century. The course will take place offsite at both the National Gallery and Tate Britain.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  5. Where is the future? An introduction to the philosophy of time
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Oliver Josiah
    Time is a familiar and fundamental part of our lives - we count down the minutes until lunch, we schedule meetings, we set alarms - and yet few subjects have proven as mysterious and elusive. This course will explore some of the key questions that have preoccupied philosophers and scientists for thousands of years.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £35.00
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  9. 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
  10. Modern African history: understanding the state and economy since independence
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Mar 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ingrid Aguiar Schlindwein
    Explore post-colonial Africa's political, economic, and social journey since independence. Gain insights into state building, governance, development, and identity, fostering a holistic understanding of Africa's evolution.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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  12. US Election and Political Update: Constant turmoil?
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Mar 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Malcomson
    With the first primaries over, the state of the presidential election is becoming clearer, and we will review the state of the race and what comes next. At the same time, both the Senate and House of Representatives have been experiencing significant turmoil, and we will look at how each of them is trying to navigate these challenging times.



    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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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