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.

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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, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Women in art 1400-1800
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    There were a significant number of highly talented female artists active during the 15th to 18th centuries, so why is their work not more famous? This course investigates and redresses this gender inequality.



    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 £111.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Art in Britain 1950-2000 - 'This is Tomorrow' (Part 1)
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Chantal Condron
    Discover the work of selected British artists whose innovative practice shaped the development of modern art in Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s. Explore how and why the ideas and themes behind their work continue to be relevant to today’s audiences.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Writing for magazines
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Get inspired to write on this practical course for freelance journalists and bloggers. Learn to carry out research, interview people, pitch and publish stories, and build your presence on social media.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  4. How to Read a Film: A Beginners' Guide to Cinema
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  5. Fakes and forgeries
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sarah Jaffray
    What gives an artwork get its value? Investigate the very fine boundary between the real and the fake and who makes the call by looking at various interpretations of authenticity.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Costume and fashion in art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Julie Barlow
    Costume from the past rarely survives, except in the depiction of it in paintings. Explore 500 years of costume in European art across a range of subject matter and decode the socio-political contexts and cultural identities contained within the choice of dress.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  7. The rise of the American Dream: 1940s - 1950s
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dale Mineshima-Lowe
    This course will cover the changing period in America – where the nation is on the brink of going to war; the impact of the War on America – domestically and on the global stage.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  8. Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sophie Oxenham
    This online Literature course explores three novels by Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. We will develop an appreciation of Austen’s narrative style and social critique through close analysis of her language, informing our reading by engaging with the literary, historical and critical contexts of these novels.



    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 £111.00 Concession £90.00
  9. London churches
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Plant
    London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  10. The many sides of London's West End
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Richard Watkins
    A course of walking tours of London’s West End showing its development from the seventeenth century, how its profile has ebbed and flowed, looking at it through specific themes.



    First meeting place: Covent Garden tube, outside exit on James Street.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £70.00
  11. London architecture: Renaissance, Baroque and Palladian
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Sanders
    From the beginnings of Renaissance architecture in Britain, through the Baroque to Palladianism - study key architects including Jones, Wren, Hawksmoor, and Burlington, looking at religious and secular buildings. Includes site visits.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  12. Art in Britain 1890-1918 - New English Art Club to WWI
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Julia Musgrave
    Explore the works of British artists and their relationship to the legacy of academic painting and the art of continental Europe between 1880-1918. Who led developments and how does the art of the period reflect the times?
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
  13. At home in the Italian Renaissance: the art and objects of everyday life
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Lydia Goodson
    Step into the fashionable Italian Renaissance home to explore how houses were lived in and furnished and to learn about the many decorated objects made for domestic use during the Renaissance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  14. Textiles: an international history
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Eyres
    As well as expressing power, prestige and fulfilling symbolic functions, textiles have been intimately linked to the everyday lives of members all societies for millennia. On this course you will study the development of woven, printed and embroidered textiles of many kinds from around the globe and explore the significant roles they have played in the world’s material culture.



    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 £111.00 Concession £90.00
  15. Writing a memoir (continuation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Nov 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Paul Laffan
    Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir project that will resonate and inspire.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100

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