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.

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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  1. City Lit gift vouchers - the perfect gift
    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From £10.00
  2. The Art of War: London’s brushes with conflict
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    London’s superb collections of visual representations of War show how conflict affects people, politics & places. Hostilities have destroyed, but also inspired, influenced & impacted the attitudes of Londoners & artists.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £22.00
  3. The stereotype of the Jewish money-lender in Medieval Spain and England: Myth or Reality?
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The classical narrative has medieval European Jews as almost universally engaged in money lending and, through their key role in the royal economy, as the dominant bankers of the age. This session will question this narrative, using evidence from England and Spain. How did Jews earn their living and invest their money and how important were they in the early development of credit and banking?



    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 £8.00
  4. History taster: America's wars
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Expore the fascinating history of the French and Indian Wars in this taster to our 'America's Wars' course.



    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 £10.00
  5. Film, television and transformation
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can watching film and television change us? Drawing on both personal experience and a range of theoretical ideas, Paul Sutton will explore the potentially transformatory effects of our everyday viewing habits both at home and in the cinema. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. A change of perspective: Aristotle on negative and positive aspects of shame
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Shame usually gets bad press. In this workshop students will become familiar with Aristotle’s theory of shame and explore how it changes the negativity bias towards shame. We will show how Aristotle’s theory can be applied to analysing shame in social media culture and how it allows for a change in perspective towards social media shame. This workshop will run in a seminar format. The tutor will give an initial presentations followed by Q&A and open discussion. Power-point presentations and other materials will be available for personal study. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  7. Late Lines: an evening of spoken word with City Lit writers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a special online edition of City Lit’s Late Lines – an evening of spoken word in celebration of the Mental Wealth Festival.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
  8. Mental fitness: using fiction writing to exercise the mind
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 15 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    'Mental Fitness' will provide attendees with fiction writing exercises to help deal with the all too present mental health issues of daily life. The session will be lead by Playwright and Actor Christopher York. We will arm participants with creative methods of unpacking daily demons without any pressure. Inspired by Pixar's model of using story-telling to answer bigger questions, the session will be relaxed and an escape from the monotony and claustrophobia of the last 18 months. This session is part of the 2021 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  9. Alleys and lanes of Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 17 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    Experience the intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and see how Hampstead developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities.



    Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN. Meet outside Wagamama 58-62 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1EN.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £10.00
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  10. Archaeology of Southwark
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    On this course we will explore some of the exciting archaeological discoveries in the London Borough of Southwark: a borough full of great history and of strategic importance.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £20.00
  11. Submitting your poetry to magazines
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Taught by the editor of Southbank Poetry, this short course is designed to guide students on submitting their poetry to magazines, journals and websites for publications.



    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 £19.00
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  12. An introduction to poetry
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Always wanted to read and discuss poetry? Enjoy this introduction to a range of poetry from the last 400 years and explore how the poets shape our responses.



    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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  13. The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.



    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
  14. Nature writing - in collaboration with the British Library
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the ‘new’ nature writing in this short online course, developed in collaboration with the British Library.



    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 £8.00
  15. Hampstead Garden Suburb: arts, crafts and idealism
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  OS - Off Site

    The walk traces the early history and developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb and includes the Heath Extension, Central Square designed by Edwin Lutyens, and the original Artisans quarter, designed from 1907 by Parker and Unwin.



    Meet the green behind the newsagent at Golders Green Station. Meet the green behind the newsagent at Golders Green Station.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £15.00

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