History Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Londoners access clean water and dispose of waste? How many public toilets were there before 1500? Explore the history of drains, sewage and latrines in pre-modern London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th. Century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. Constable's Hampstead

    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). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    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

  6. 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

  7. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  8. History to hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  9. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues.

    Note: Break week - no class session on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  10. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and Notker the Stammerer. In this interactive lecture-based course, we will examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. St Petersburg, Sibelius and musical nationalism

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore the musically fruitful relationship between Russia and Finland, using the music of Sibelius as our guide. No previous musical knowledge necessary. NOTE: break week, no class session on Friday, 22nd February. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  12. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 21 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  14. London 1919-1939

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore in this interactive lecture course how did the 'Roaring 20s' and the Great Depression impact on London? What was the social and economic experience of Londoners as suburbs grew and modern buildings arrived, along with political and financial uncertainty?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  15. America: from British colonisation to the American Revolution

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore this dynamic period of American history - from its contentious relationship with Britain to its fight for independence during the American Revolution. Examine key points that would shape America to what it is today. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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