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. Clothes make the woman: a sartorial history of women in the 20th century

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did you know that ready-made clothes were initially disparaged on moral grounds, that Amy Johnson was dressed by Schiaparelli, and that some 1960s’ employers introduced ‘modesty boards’ for mini-skirted staff? Come and find out more.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. Masters of cinema: Paul Thomas Anderson is 'The Master'

    Course Date: Sat 17 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Phantom Thread’s Anderson is out there on his own as an American auteur. Like Bergman, he understands horror only needs two human beings, possibly in love - with a third to crowd them - who contain all monsters inside themselves.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Faith and doubt in Victorian poetry

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian Britain saw an upsurge of religious affirmation in the context of profound unease concerning the assertions of faith. We shall consider how the work of the age’s most accomplished poets expresses that paradox.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. A voice from Europe: the legacy of John Berger - novelist, critic, art historian

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover Berger's half a century of writing in every conceivable genre on literature, art, creativity and many of the intractable issues facing the world today, including “To the Wedding”, “The Seventh Man”, and “The Red Tenda of Bologna”.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Dickens' London

    Dickens' London

    Course Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' Enjoy this introduction to Dickens' work and the London of his time. Morning lecture at Build followed by a walk in the area of the city connected to his work.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Literary Evening Lecture: David Constantine - What my poetry owes to translation

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join us for a stimulating evening of lecture and discussion at our November Literary Evening Lecture, where the writer and translator David Constantine will read from his poetry. He will also talk about how translating from foreign languages has helped him in his own writing. The evening will include a more general discussion of the need for translation in the making of any nation's poetic language.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  7. Whores, lepers and heretics: minority groups in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will look at the rise of persecution in medieval Europe and how ‘outsiders’ were identified in art and literature before 1500CE.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. A taste of anthropology

    Course Date: Sat 1 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What is anthropology all about? Find out on this introductory course. Look at the aspects different societies have in common and focus on some particular cultures and customs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 5 Dec 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit bildutrapagaran.info/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  10. Introduction to Islam: historical emergence, current issues

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course is about exploring Muslim history: What is Islam? Who is a Muslim? Explore these questions through

    a study of the Quran, the Prophet and the socio-political and religious developments in the early history of

    Muslims. You may discover that there is more than meets the eye.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. Rejoice and be merry: religious music, song and performance in England during Christmastide, 1718 - 1918

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Aspects explored include the emergence and impact of The Messiah together with the acceptance/writing of carols. Also considered are wassailing, waits, gallery choirs, concerts and the origins of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  12. Ancient Rome and its encounters with Celtic Britain

    Course Date: Sat 8 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Britain was part of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years from AD 43 to 410 but the association of the two civilisations went back a further century to Julius Caesar’s invasion of 55 BC. The Romans were clearly obsessed with Celtic Britain. The day will conclude with a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. A Dickens of a time : the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 11 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Christmas was of limited significance in the 1830s but that changed fundamentally during Queen Victoria’s reign.

    We explore why this was so together with the origins of all that made/makes for the traditional Christmas

    season.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £13.00

  14. Literature taster

    Literature taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    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 find out what makes a literature class at Build so special.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Film taster

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore some of the themes you can expect to encounter on Build film classes. This taster of forthcoming classes offers you the chance to decide which course to take while discussing the value and impact of film study.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £10.00

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