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. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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: Seeing the gods in Greece and Rome - by Caroline Vout, Cambridge University.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £5.00

  3. Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Mrs. Dalloway's wanderings

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In a close reading of Virginia Woolf's masterpiece Mrs. Dalloway, we will explore how the early Modernists used the vibrancy and decay of the city to expand their vision. Please read the text beforehand to get the most enjoyment out of the course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Creature features: classic monster movies from the golden age of horror and science fiction cinema

    Creature features: classic monster movies from the golden age of horror and science fiction cinema

    Course Date: Sat 4 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    View and discuss classic creature features from the 1920s to the 1950s and explore their various presentations of the monster and the monstrous along with ways of thinking about the genre. It's alive!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Queens of the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Apart from bearing sons, what else did queens do? If there were no male heirs, were women merely conduits by which a crown was passed to a husband, or could she expect to wield power? We consider these questions and more in a study of the careers of the Empress Matilda and Melisende of Jerusalem. Tutor: Vanessa King.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Contemporary British playwriting and theatre

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Focusing on key works in modern British theatre, we explore developments since the boom in new writing in the 1990’s, the work of major playwrights in context and the significance of new contemporary theatre forms. Writers include Caryl Churchill, Simon Stephens and Jez Butterworth.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Gods and heroes: the influence of the Classical World on art in the 17th and 18th centuries

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How the classical world and the myths of Greece and Rome influenced and shaped art in the 17th and 18th century. Visit to the British Museum included.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Modernist poets and the influence of Old English poetry

    Modernist poets and the influence of Old English poetry

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    20th Century poets took an interest in the earliest English poetry, written in the Old English language. This course considers the influence of Old English poetry on W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. 'Something in the air': an outline history of radical thought and action in Britain, 1945-1970

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With the 1930s rejected, radical government policies, eventual prosperity and new ways of thinking/ acting emerged postwar. Aspects covered include Celtic nationalism, squatting, CND, popular music and the making of the‘permissive society’.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  10. Pepys and the Great Plague of London

    Pepys and the Great Plague of London

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Living through the Great Plague and Great Fire, Pepys’s diary reveals intimate details about life, death and sex in the City.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Disease, Death and Mummies in Ancient Egypt

    Disease, death and mummies in Ancient Egypt

    Course Date: Sat 18 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Living and dying with disease; being buried and mummified in Ancient Egypt. What are the latest discoveries and theories? Who is carrying out this work, and what are the ethical considerations? Human remains will be explored in a museum setting.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. A short introduction to populism

    Course Date: Sun 19 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is populism and how does it apply to America and Europe? An insightful short introduction to populism.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Literary evening lectures: In all weathers: atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's novels

    Course Date: Fri 24 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy monthly talks and discussion on authors and literary topics that influenced and continue to impact on our understanding of prose, poetry and drama. This month's lecture will be given by Dr.Hugh Epstein:

    'In All Weathers: Atmosphere in Thomas Hardy's Novels'.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  14. Masters of cinema: Lynn Ramsey

    Course Date: Sat 25 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We need to talk about Lynne Ramsay, the most celebrated British filmmaker of a generation that includes Clio Barnard, Carole Morley and Andrea Arnold. Technique and themes common to her four feature films from Ratcatcher to You Were Never Really Here.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. Masters of cinema: Luis Bunuel

    Course Date: Sun 26 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course explores the immense influence of Buñuel’s films on World cinema. We will experience his visionary approach to filmmaking and storytelling by showing his brilliant and scandalous films.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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