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. Refugees in modern and contemporary European history
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    According to numerous political parties, social media influencers and media outlets across Europe, ‘we’ are currently being ‘flooded’ by especially Muslim refugees and immigrants who either want to exploit ‘our’ welfare policies or pose terrorist threats. This course uses this backdrop to explore the theme of refugees in modern history from the middle of the 19th century onwards.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  2. Craft focus: writing a strong story opening
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 12 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    To get your reader’s attention, a great opening is essential. But do you pique their interest with a quirky phrase? Explode your story into action? Or build slow-burning intrigue? Find the perfect start for your story with this fun, interactive course. Suitable for those interested in writing short fiction and novels.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  3. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
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  4. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
  5. A taste of poetry
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This short, fun taster course is the perfect starting point for students who are writing for the first time or new to the poetry path. Join us for two evenings of thought-provoking writing exercises and poetry theory for beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00
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  6. The American Civil War
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    It was America’s bloodiest clash – pitting friend and family against one another, and resulted in the death of more than 620,000, with millions more injured over the four years (1861 – 1865).

    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 £71.00 Concession £45.00
  7. Rising Powers: Brazil
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Brazil's rise has been impressive but seems to have stalled. What are the factors the country’s growing presence and the challenges Latin America's leading power faces in its endeavour to achieve its international ambitions?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £35.00
  8. Unreal city: the history of London through literature from 1800 to today
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Fiction writers are often the first to identify and analyse a social phenomenon. We will examine two centuries of London history through the eyes of novelists and poets, from William Blake to Zadie Smith.

    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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  9. The 60 minute writer
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Fit creative writing into your busy day: a relaxed, informal rolling programme for writers of all levels of experience who enjoy being thrown new ideas and experimenting with poetry and prose.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £40.00
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  10. A Bit of a Do: Celebrating London's spectacles, events and festivities
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    London knows how to throw a great party. This course celebrates London by looking at London’s celebrations throughout its history. From Coronations to Olympics, Carnival to Festivals, join us to celebrate some of London’s greatest moments.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £35.00
  11. US history for beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course offers a brief examination of, and introduction to, the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the United States, 1608 - 2001.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £35.00
  12. Love, sex and robots: a philosophical investigation
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Sex robots are coming. But will this technology lead to a happier world in which sexual inequalities are addressed? Or will sexbots undermine our human relationships by perpetuating troubling attitudes toward women, minorities, and consent?

    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
  13. A potted history of Ancient Greece: further themes
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Join this course to explore the role of selected images used on ancient Greek pots in wider ancient culture and society, and their modern reception.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  14. Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items in the 19th century.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  15. Symbols of power: the Medieval monarch
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Royal regalia, ‘creative’ genealogies and political prophecies were just some of the ways in which medieval monarchs sought to maintain power. We will compare and contrast strategies employed by legitimate kings and usurpers alike.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £30.00

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