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.

Want to speak to a member of the Humanities Team to find out more about our courses? Call us on 020 7492 2652 or email us on [email protected]

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  1. Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Build gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at Build. 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. Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Autobiographical writing: getting started

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing. Explore various resources from diaries to dreams, memories and fantasy.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. La Belle Epoque? An introduction to French politics, society and culture in the early 20th century

    Course Date: Tue 23 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Was La Belle Epoque really a “golden age”? Socio-economic conditions remained appalling for many and deep tensions over issues such as religion and workers' rights divided society. Yet a sense of optimism prevailed, fostered by a flamboyant cultural life, greater access to leisure and scientific and technical progress.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  4. Developing your fairytale

    Developing your fairytale

    Course Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already devised a cunning plan for your own fairytale? This fun day workshop coaches students on how to add an extra dash of magic into the cauldron while writing in the fairytale genre.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Climate change and its implications

    Course Date: Fri 26 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Climate change is the most serious issue the world faces, with far reaching social, economic and political consequences. Inaction would be dramatic but solutions to limit temperature rises will also have profound impact on societies and on the world order.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Constable's Hampstead

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath. Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). The course will include a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  7. Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Micropoetry: small poems, big ideas

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the art of micropoetry in this one-day workshop. Compose your own poetry and learn how to make every word on the page count.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Shakespeare: a dip into some key tragedies, comedies and histories

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Celebrate the genius of Shakespeare: his timeless themes, complex characterisation, beautiful language and power in performance. Explore extracts from plays including 'Hamlet', 'Othello, Richard III', 'Twelfth Night' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  9. What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    What the poem wants: drafting and editing workshop

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Write fast and edit fast in this poem-blitzing workshop. Learn to step back, look at your poem and think about the different directions it might take. Practise ruthlessness as well as care in the poem’s service.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £72.00

  10. Picture book writing: a taster

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Would you like to write a picture book text for young children? This taster course is designed for children's writers and for illustrators wishing to write their own stories. Develop both your ideas and your technique.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With a background briefing at Build in the morning and a guided walk in Regent's Park in the afternoon,you will discover the history, exuberant planting, sculptures and design of this fabulous Royal Park dating from the early 19th century. Special trees will be highlighted.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  12. Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Crime and punishment during the Middle Ages. Using medieval London records, we explore how municipal authorities dealt with a range of offenders from murderers to cross-dressing prostitutes. Tutor: Vanessa King

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  13. Film at the BFI: Cary Grant, Hollywood's Leading Man

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Cary Grant was the very epitome of a movie star – excelling at action, comedy and romance until his screen persona was changed forever by Hitchcock, who pushed him to a new and darker level. This eight-week evening course, led by John Wischmeyer, will explore the background, career, talent and legacy of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. History taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 7 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This taster session will introduce you to history and politics courses here at Build. Enjoy learning a bit about history and its relation to current political events.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  15. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 10 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 1830s to the 1930s. The initial lecture will be held at Build followed by 10 walks. The final session will be held at Build.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £92.00

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