One-day workshops, talks and lectures

Are you looking for something different to do at the weekend, evening or weekday? Explore our treasure trove of one-off workshops, taster sessions, talks and lectures.

Try something new, challenge yourself, refresh your existing skills or knowledge and join the Build community.

Located right in the heart of London, in Covent Garden, Build is central and convenient.

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  1. "They shall not grow old": religion, the war dead and remembrance in Britain, 1914-1939

    Course Date: Sat 11 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On Remembrance Day itself, we explore the historical origins and cultural/religious context of honouring the dead of the Great War both during the conflict and between 1919-1939 including memorials, the Great Silence and battlefield pilgrimages.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  2. 'Out of sight…': life of inmates in the Victorian workhouse, prison and lunatic asylum

    Course Date: Sat 30 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These institutions were familiar but less so the daily lives of those inside in them. We explore aspects of inmates’ day-to-day existence, rationale for the policies/ approaches adopted and changes made in the Victorian era.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  3. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 1 - Bishop Hensley Henson and Dean Hewlett Johnson

    Course Date: Sat 10 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course explores the context, life, contributions and controversies relating to both senior Anglican clerics, including upholding radical theological ideas, anti-trade unionism and disestablishment (Henson) or First World War pacifism and championing Stalin’s Russia (Johnson).
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  4. 'Turbulent priests' in 20th century Britain: 2 - Bishop George Bell and Bishops Mervyn Stockwood and John Robinson

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This self-contained course outlines the life and achievements of each of these bishops, together with the context and significance of the various controversies and longer-term consequences associated with them.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  5. 100 drawings in a day

    Course Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. 3D movies in big screen projection: Hitchcock to Scorsese

    Course Date: Sat 21 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    3D is part of any filmmaker’s toolkit to put you into the action. 3D specs provided, along with history and thrills. Films screened in 3D include 'Dial M for Murder', 'Hugo' and 'The Walk' (tightrope walk across the Twin Towers).
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. A beginners' guide to cinema: how to read a film

    Course Date: Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get to grips with a range of different film styles and extend your film-critical vocabulary by viewing and analysing passages from films old and new from around the world.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. A buyer's guide to pearls: natural, cultured and imitation

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join this fascinating one-day course for a valuable insight into pearls, their cultivation and trade, and use in jewellery. Learn how to recognise the many types on the market, judge the good from the bad, spot the imitations and buy your pearl jewellery with confidence.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  9. A Dickens’ of a time: the making of the Victorian Christmas

    Course Date: Tue 12 Dec 2017
    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

  10. A grand day out: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Course Date: Fri 16 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  11. A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    Course Date: Fri 24 Nov 2017
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. A grand day out: Winchester Cathedral

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Winchester Cathedral is one of the most magnificent churches in the country and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Discover the cathedral and its treasures during this one-day location-based course. Transport costs not included.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. A history of Native American slavery

    Course Date: Sat 27 Jan 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Though not unknown before colonisation, Native American slavery took a different course with the arrival of Europeans who each in their distinctive way enslaved North American Indians for many purposes. The course looks at colonial slave networks, economic and political motivations behind this trade to disclose a little known phenomenon of North American and Caribbean history. Tutor: Max Carocci.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  14. A journey through Boccaccio's Decameron

    Course Date: Sat 12 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Inspired by the 'Arabian Nights', Boccaccio created the first Italian novel. He also went beyond Christian morality and contemporary canons to portray an extraordinary variety of themes, characters and settings. Includes scenes from Pasolini's eponymous film.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £25.00

  15. A psychoanalytical approach to film: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 3 Mar 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A one day introduction to psychoanalysis for film interpretation, exploring iconic works by directors including Darren Aronofsky, Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. Freudian and Lacanian themes will be identified in cinema, engendering a more enriched viewing experience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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