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 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. Food and drink in the medieval world

    Course Date: Fri 17 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Archaeology, household accounts and recipe books from the 14th century allow us to visualise the medieval diet of men and women from all levels of society. We can read menus used at coronation banquets and view food illustrations in manuscripts. Recipes will be supplied for you to try out at home.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Writing the city

    Writing the city

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cities are complex, rich and filled with possibilities for great fiction. Learn how to craft vibrant urban settings in this course that combines writing exercises with an exploration of cities in texts both old and new.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. EUrope as an idea

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    One talks of European cultures, values, civilization, even of a European project. But what is this ‘Europe’ – a chimera, delusion, political-historical trend, idea? Is the EU the basis for some future ‘Europa’?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. The Hollywood detective film: from The Thin Man (1934) to Chinatown (1974)

    Course Date: Sat 18 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the distinctive style of the Hollywood detective film and its portrayal of the detective through a range of films from its heyday in the 1930s and 1940s to the new Hollywood of the 1970s.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Screenwriting: an introduction

    Screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? This nuts and bolts workshop covers the basics of scriptwriting, designed to help you shape up your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Masters of cinema: Nicolas Roeg

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    English filmmaker Nicolas Roeg’s visual style is characterised by disjointed and disorientating editing. We'll explore his films Performance, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bad Timing and Insignificance.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. History taster

    Course Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018
    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: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Film taster

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a real-time working example of a Build film class. This taster offers you the chance to explore the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  9. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and join us to discover what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  10. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 8 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £15.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. London at war

    Course Date: Tue 11 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    London has been shaped by war, conflict and unrest. It's buildings, monuments and even street names reflect our embattled past. These walks examine London's wartime legacy from mediaeval fortifications to the War on Terror. First session will be a lecture at the Build.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  12. In the footsteps of London's rebels

    Course Date: Tue 11 Sep 2018
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. The Russian Revolution of 1917

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    101 years ago two revolutions swept through the Russian Empire. The second, October 1917, is a pivotal moment in modern world history, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union. This introductory interactive lecture course explores how and why these two revolutions occurred. Tutor: Zoe Quinn.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  14. The City of London: the square mile

    Course Date: Wed 12 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City’s development from Roman and medieval times through to the Tudors and Stuarts. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture at Build. Entrance fees not included.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. City of words: London's literary landscape

    Course Date: Thu 13 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London has been muse, magnet and mecca to writers for 400 years, home to Shakespeare's successes, Dickens' dramas and Wilde's witticisms. After an introductory lecture we walk a different London neighbourhood each week exploring its literary connections. Initial lecture is at the at Build. This is followed by 8 walks.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

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