History, culture & writing

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 writing creative non-fiction and American history and politics.

Study online from the comfort of home, with interactive classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. For more information, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Life in Anglo-Saxon England
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An overview of aspects of life in the period 400 –1100 AD.

    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 £79.00
  2. Writing for children: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For experienced children's writers, this ongoing, small-size workshop offers an opportunity to develop your work-in-progress with constructive feedback from tutor and classmates.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £92.00
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  3. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for complete beginners
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to provide a foundation in the writing of hieroglyphs. The class will be held online.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
  4. Documentary Thrillers: a new genre
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Documentaries can be every bit as entertaining and suspenseful as a Hitchcock thriller. What happens next, whose side are we on? The Insider and Dark Waters are suspense films based on shocking historical events but recent documentaries Touching the Void and Searching for Sugar Man are equally gripping thrillers. For Sama is a documentary and Capernaum a fiction film but both share the neorealism of Bicycle Thieves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  5. German Idealism from Kant to Hegel: the beginnings of continental philosophy
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    German philosophers created the most ambitious and imaginative systems of thought of modern times against the backdrop of revolution and war. This creative and speculative beginning to modern continental philosophy is an exciting intellectual adventure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
  6. The Coming of the Sea Peoples: The Trojan War in the context of Mycenaean Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Late Bronze Age is a story of collapse, from New Kingdom Egyptian to Hittite Anatolia, from the Assyrian Empire to Babylonian turmoil. Mycenaean Greece is a part of this and the Coming of the Sea Peoples is a terror that echoes through the pages of history. Come learn about how the world as we knew it, ended!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  7. 125 years of women directors: from Alice Guy Blache to Greta Gerwig
    Course Date:  Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you know that the first fiction film was directed by a woman? That there were more women working behind the camera in the first 30 years of cinema, than in the last 30? That only one woman has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival? In this 6-week course, we will explore the careers of women directors from the past, those working today, and those whose careers are in their early stages.

    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 £89.00 Concession £54.00
  8. The British in India
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In the early 1600’s the East India Company set off on its first trading voyages to India with the consent of James I and Mughal rulers; by 1858 300 million Indians were living under crown rule. Why did India become the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of the British Empire and how was the continent viewed by the British in the 1800s?

    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 £89.00 Concession £39.00

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