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. Neo-Daoism

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Daoism (Xuanxue, ’dark study’) aimed at unlocking the mystery of the Dao (‘Way’) to achieve human flourishing and even immortality.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Life and times of Charles I and Henrietta Maria

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    As the second son, Charles was never meant to become king. He rose to the challenge and tried to live up to his father's ideals of kingship. Sadly this led to Civil War and death. The interactive lecture-based course looks at his life as king and life with his wife, Henrietta Maria. Tutor: William Sterling.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Developing your blogging

    Developing your blogging

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Already started a blog and want to know how to craft more engaging blog posts? This one-day workshop teaches the essential skills required to craft blogposts that will resonate with your audience.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Classics day

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Build, the British Museum and UCL bring you another stimulating day of talks and discussions on themes relating to Ancient Greece and Rome. This year's focus will be on the wide-ranging subject of festivals and celebrations – personal, public and religious – across the ancient world of Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £19.00

  6. Alexander Pope: 'The proper study of mankind'

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how Pope dominated the early 18C with a series of ambitious and astonishingly varied masterpieces, ranging from savage satire, via romantic eloquence, to his greatest philosophical and spiritual undertaking – An Essay on Man.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Writing about food: a taster

    Writing about food: a taster

    Course Date: Sun 17 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Love food and want to write about it? There’s never been a better time with so much happening in the world of food - from street food markets and pop-up restaurants to 24-hour fine dining and gourmet takeaways. Explore the opportunities in print and online, including blogs.

    Improve your photographs of food on this related course – Food and drink photography for bloggers

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    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Masters of cinema: Quentin Tarantino

    Course Date: Tue 19 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Tarantino’s penultimate film, due for release in the summer, we will look at how it functions as a culmination of this director’s distinctive body of work. From Reservoir Dogs to Kill Bill to The Hateful Eight, we address Tarantino’s techniques as a writer-director, his engagement with different world cinemas, and his controversial treatment of violence, race, and gender.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Follow the ascendancy of American power, from 1945 up to the Trump administration, through a history of wars, foreign interventions and “soft power”. This course is a broad survey of America’s changing place in the world, investigating the relationship between domestic and international politics. Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Late medieval Spain: 1300 - 1500

    Course Date: Thu 21 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain how the three religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism interacted in the Iberian peninsula. It charts the dramatic social changes of the 14th century wrought by famine, plague and economic crises. At the same time, it studies the key political developments which led to the emergence of a united Spanish kingdom, the precursor to the Empire. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  11. Neo-Confucianism

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Neo-Confucianism attempted to situate Confucian thought in a wider practical and ethical context by drawing on elements of Buddhism and Daoism and applying itself to worldy affairs.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. European horror cinema

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore European horror cinema from its beginnings to the present day, looking at its history, themes, key directors and the ways in which it has often offered audiences a more challenging experience of the genre.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Writing political comedy

    Writing political comedy

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    When it comes to subjects for comedy, the news media never seems to run out. Learn to write political comedy from pithy one liners to satirical columns and monologues using techniques from professional comedy script writers.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Digital contemporary poetry: platforms and practices for the modern-day poet

    Course Date: Sat 23 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The digital world has opened up a universe of opportunity for budding poets, but how do writers make the most of this constantly changing platform? Find out on our Digital contemporary poetry workshop.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Advanced creative non-fiction: workshop

    Course Date: Mon 25 Feb 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This five-week workshop is designed for students who have already completed introductory and intermediate creative-non fiction courses and would like to focus on workshopping their writing.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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