History, culture & writing

History, Culture & Writing

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 studiescreative 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. 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. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable for complete beginners of ancient languages. Become familiar with the key grammar terminology and concepts that will enhance your learning. Highly recommended if you are starting to learn an ancient or classical language.

    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 £29.00 Concession £18.00
  3. American “Losers”: The people who didn’t win a US Presidential election
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    From Thomas Dewey to Donald Trump we chart the men, and one woman, who lost a post-war presidential election. What brought them so close to being the most powerful person on earth, and what stopped them? Some were already Presidents and failed in re-election: some were heirs apparent who unexpectedly fell at the last hurdle; and others were long shots. What can we learn about them and the United States in the last seventy-five years?

    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 £49.00 Concession £22.00
  4. Dickens' London
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time.

    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 £15.00
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  5. 'Steam under pressure': Britain’s railways in the First World War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online



    The course explores Britain’s railways’ contribution to the war effort including workforce enlistment, transporting participants/weapons and engaging more women. Also considered are the railways’ response to attack and their role in Remembrance and battlefield pilgrimages.

    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
  6. Londinium (Roman London 47-457 CE)
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A look at the spectacular rise and fall of Londinium from c. AD 47 to its abandonment in c. AD 457.

    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 £15.00
  7. How do we know what we know? Introducing scepticism and the theory of knowledge
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course takes a closer look at epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, and asks such questions as: how is knowledge created? How do we internalise information? What makes us believe or not believe in the 'knowledge' presented to us? .

    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 £30.00
  8. Constable's Hampstead
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The artist John Constable rented properties in Hampstead with his family from 1819 until he made it his permanent home in 1827.This virtual walk looks at the Georgian and Regency Hampstead he knew and includes quotes from his letters and points out his favourite places he painted.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
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  9. Trains, drains and remains
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A virual tour considering the history of the city which is largely under our feet, we will discuss the tube and post office tunnels, water conduits, hidden rivers, and archaeological remains from burials and buildings found in the city.

    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 £10.00
  10. African history reading group
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 26 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    African history remains a marginalised topic, both within the historical research landscapes and most educational systems across the world. This reflects how history emerged as a scholarly endeavour in the context of European and American imperialism and nationalism. In this course, read and discuss African history to counter this and do our own work.

    Course dates are 26/05, 23/06 and 21/07.

    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 £49.00 Concession £22.00
  11. Jesus: what does the evidence say?
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore the evidence in the New Testament and other sources for who Jesus was, what he did and why he was crucified. This will involve developing knowledge of the New Testament and biblical interpretation.

    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
  12. ‘Full steam ahead’: Britain’s railways in the Second World War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course explores Britain’s railways’ national role from Evacuation through to Dunkirk, D-Day and beyond. Other aspects include the railways’ recruitment/deployment of women, response to invasion fears, the passenger experience, the Blackout and the Blitz.

    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
  13. Philosophy for life: happiness, laughter and home
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 3 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course is about trying to interrogate one’s own beliefs and attitudes, especially the attitudes that most shape our life.

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £30.00
  14. A walk through Highgate: Experiments in urban living
    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    In this virtual walk through Highgate we will discover historical points of interest including Highgate School, Pond Square and Waterlow Park, whilst focusing on experiments in urban living such as the iconic 1930s Highpoint I and II flats, the 1920s Holly Lodge Estate and 1950s homes built for a community of friends in St Ann’s Close. We finish near Parliament Hill that has great views over London.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £9.00 Senior fee £9.00 Concession £9.00
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  15. Crime and Punishment in Old London
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Come on a virtual trip through the old City and its borders taking in beheadings and brutality at the Tower, tales of cutpurses and con men, the rise of prisons and the ghastly punishments that were meted out to wrongdoers. We go on a journey to Newgate Gaol, the Bridewell Prison and the places of execution including the notorious Tyburn Tree to hear tales of brutality, escapes and the bloodthirsty crowds who watched executions. Our tour includes London’s atmospheric legal quarter taking in the Old Bailey, The Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court to discover how London’s legal system developed .

    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 £13.00

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