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. Get together and read

    New
    Course Date: Thu 26 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy talking with other people about the things you have read? Want to share great stories, poems and drama? Come along and join the conversation. The group is led by a shared reading practitioner trained by The Reader Organisation.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. From Mechanics Institute to Open University: adult education in England from the 1820s to the 1960s

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marking the Build centenary, coverage of the subject includes Mechanics Institutes, working people’s colleges and the university extension movement together with local authority provision, the Workers’ Educational Association and origins of the Open University.
    Full fee: £0.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  3. History taster

    New 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

  4. Classics evening lecture

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 3 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. This month's topic is: Religion and Philosophy in Greece: the Orphics - by Javier Maldonado-Fernandez, Build.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  5. 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

  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. Micro-memoir: a taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Fri 25 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fleeting glimpses. Missed trains. Unforgettable goodbyes. A life is measured in moments as well as momentus occasions. This fun day workshop coaches students in the art of micro-memoir. Can you write about an instant that changed you in 200 words or less?
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  8. Art Deco London walk

    New
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Travel back to the 1930s to explore the Art Deco style that influenced a variety of designs, from radios and cutlery to places related to travel, entertainment and commerce. In addition to looking at the architecture of the period, your guide will tell stories of life in London from the time these buildings were being erected. Meeting outside St James’s Park tube station (Broadway exit) and finishing at the coach station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. Alleys and lanes of Hampstead

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 19 Apr 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Experience the intricate network of alleys and lanes in the heart of old Hampstead and see how Hampstead developed from a fashionable spa in the 18th century to a thriving village with social amenities. Starts and finishes outside Hampstead tube Station (High Street entrance). Starts and finishes outside Hampstead tube Station (High Street entrance).
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. Film taster

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  11. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Sep 2019 (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: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  12. In the footsteps of Fred Uhlman: art and refugees in Hampstead

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Fred Uhlman was a refugee lawyer turned artist who settled with his English wife, Diana, in Hampstead in 1938. Here they formed the artist refugee committee to rescue artists trapped in Czechoslovakia and their house became a refuge for artists. We discover the organisations that he was involved in; visit sites he was known to frequent; and consider other refugees who settled in Hampstead in the advent to the Second World War.

    It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene. It starts at Hampstead Tube Station and ends near Belsize Park tube station.

    London guide: Marilyne Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. Crime and punishment in Hampstead from the 17th century to the present day

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Oct 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Over the centuries Hampstead and Hampstead Heath have witnessed many dramatic and horrifying events. From highway men and hangings, to murders, executions and fatal accidents, this walk explores some of the stories of people involved in horrible happenings in Hampstead as well as some of the places set up for policing law and order. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station. We start at Hampstead Tube Station and finish by Hampstead Heath Over-ground Station.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  14. Rescue Revealed Restored: the blitz and preserving History (city tour)

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 28 Mar 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This walks covers an area devastated in the Blitz explaining what happened in 1940/41, the efforts to rescue St Paul's, the Roman remains that were revealed as well as post war restoration and rebuilding of historic buildings. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero. Will finish at the Guildhall.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene. Meeting place Moorgate tube station outside Café Nero. Will finish at the Guildhall.

    London guide: Marilyn Greene.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Hampstead and the pioneers of Modern Art

    New Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 17 May 2020
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    In the early 20th century Hampstead was home to some of the era's most pioneering artists. We will walk in the footsteps of the Slade School artists who socialised in Downshire Hill and the Modernists working in Belsize Park. Starts Hampstead Tube station, Ends Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, near Belsize Park. The tutor can take people back to the Station. There is also an option to spend time in the Isokon gallery afterwards. Starts Hampstead Tube station, Ends Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, near Belsize Park. The tutor can take people back to the Station. There is also an option to spend time in the Isokon gallery afterwards.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

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