History, Culture & Writing Courses in London

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 studies, creative 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. Lesser known North London walks - a virtual exploration

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Via Zoom and PowerPoint illustrated talks discover the history of a variety of North London’s lesser known neighbourhoods including Highgate, Belsize Park, West Hampstead, Barnet, Stoke Newington, Highbury, Somers Town, Wood Green, Muswell Hill and Finchley.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  2. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore London's places of protest and discover the stories of radicals, agitators and campaigners who fought for social justice, equal rights and better lives for all from the 1790s to the 1930s.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £96.00

  3. Ways into advanced literary study

    Ways into advanced literary study

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    From Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson, from Ibsen to Chekhov and Henry James to Virginia Wolf, this course will enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study. Includes three Saturdays.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £243.00

  4. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our

    embattled past. These illustrated lectures examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  5. Current affairs

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to find out more about the issues in the news? Enrol early for lively, informed discussion on current events in Britain and the world. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  6. Ways into advanced historical study

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a passion for history, or if you've ever been interested in studying history at a higher level, this course could be right for you. Whether you're an avid hobby historian, or thinking about studying history for your Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree, this course offers you an introduction to history at an advanced level.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £399.00
    Senior fee: £399.00
    Concession: £176.00

  7. Shakespeare's Unruly Women

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will look at a range of Shakespeare’s female characters, exploring representations of love, marriage, widowhood, madness and female power. Characters include Rosalind (As You Like It), Gertrude and Ophelia (Hamlet), Lady Macbeth and the witches (Macbeth), Cleopatra (Antony and Cleopatra), and Measure for Measure (Isabella).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens'

    dramas and Wilde's witticisms. Each week we will explore, virtually, a different London neighbourhood &

    investigate its literary connections.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. The men who built London

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    London was shaped by its architects, engineers, bricklayers, navies etc. These lectures will examine London’s

    buildings and the men (and women) who worked throughout history to create this eclectic and wonderful city.

    London guide: Eleanor Jackson.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Introduction to Scandinavian history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the history of Scandinavia from the early state formations to the challenges the region faces today.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  11. US election countdown 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    US elections are always important. With Coronavirus, Civil Unrest, and increasingly divisive politics, the 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in a generation. Join City Lit's Principal, Mark Malcomson, for analysis of the upcoming election.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. Ruling by right of conquest: Henry VII in history

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Henry VII ruled England from the moment he seized the crown following the Battle of Bosworth until his death in 1509, yet there is nothing inevitable about the foundation of the Tutor dynasty. Just how strong was the Tudor claim to the throne and what is Henry VII’s legacy.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  13. Film studies taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit film studies class.

    We will view clips from a wide variety of films, exploring themes and technique in British cinema and modern American cinema. There will be a chance to review term one film courses at City Lit (September - December 2020).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  14. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics: an introduction for complete beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. A taste of creative writing

    A taste of creative writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

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