History Courses in London

Check out our diverse collection of history courses, ranging from the history of art, music & fashion to power politics, globalisation & empires, and our popular London history and walks. Discover events that shaped today’s world, through courses in European, Asian, African and American history.

No prior knowledge is required, courses are open to everyone and tutors will spark and indulge interests in classes covering a broad range of topics.

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  1. The City of London: the Square Mile

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jan 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the City of London after the Great Fire of 1666. Discover how London recovered from one of the great disasters and became a centre of commerce and the heart of a great empire. We follow in the steps of some of its best known characters like Doctor Johnson and Samuel Pepys and some lesser known including William Lilley and Thomas Chatterton. The course follows on from the HLW06 The City of London; the square mile, but new students are welcome.

    The first meeting point will be Chancery Lane tube, outside number 150 High Holborn.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £70.00

  2. City of words: further adventures

    Course Date: Thu 10 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    London luxuriates in literary references. We follow the footsteps of the authors, poets and playwrights, and some of

    their creations, as we walk a brand new neighbourhood each week, exploring the literary connections. First meeting point (11/1/18) at Green Park tube station, street level, Piccadilly South side.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £57.00

  3. London's quartiers

    London's quartiers

    Course Date: Fri 11 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through one introductory session and seven walks, explore some of London’s quartiers – Soho, Mayfair, Covent Garden, Spitalfields, Clerkenwell, St James and Bloomsbury and understand how their very distinct characters were formed. Entrance fees not included. Initial lecture held at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  4. History to hipsters

    Course Date: Sat 12 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the history and changing fortunes of these areas now considered to be trendy London hotspots. Shoreditch, Dalston, Bermondsey, Peckham, Brixton, Walthamstow, Stoke Newington, Deptford and Hackney all feature. There will be an initial classroom lecture followed by a series of walking tours.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  5. British politics, culture and society, 1945-1997

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This interactive lecture outline course considers Britain’s political history and such issues as the vicissitudes of the economy, decolonisation and ‘Europe’. Changes in social attitudes and leisure, together with the position of women and youth also feature.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  6. Victorian Britain: 1868-1901

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore through a series of interactive lectures the major developments in Later Victorian Britain. From the rise of mass consumer society, politics and culture to the changing position of women, the growing significance of the labour movement and the domestic consequences of Empire.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £70.00

  7. Archaeology of London

    Archaeology of London

    Course Date: Mon 14 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the archaeology and history of London through its cultural monuments, topography and material remains to more fully appreciate the rich archaeological evidence of the capital.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  8. Introduction to global issues

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the major issues that pose challenges to the global balance of power: security, the environment, energy and resources, migration, underdevelopment and the role of the state in handling global issues.

    Note: Break week - no class session on Tuesday, 12 February 2019. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £83.00

  9. America: from British colonisation to the American Revolution

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore this dynamic period of American history - from its contentious relationship with Britain to its fight for independence during the American Revolution. Examine key points that would shape America to what it is today. Tutor: Gregor Davey.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  10. The Ottoman Empire

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Ottoman empire lasted from 1300 right through to 1918. We will study the rise and fall of the empire.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  11. Modern France: politics and society since 1900

    Course Date: Wed 16 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course will cover the historical evolution of French politics and society throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries, with an in-depth analysis of the key moments and issues that affected the country. Tutor: Sebastien Ardouin.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Founders of France - Clovis to Charlemagne

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the cultural life of Merovingian & Carolingian Gaul. Authors covered include Gregory of Tours, Fredegar and Notker the Stammerer. In this interactive lecture-based course, we will examine letters and legal documents to reveal fascinating people, places and aspirations. Tutor: Michael Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £79.00

  13. Early medieval Spain: 700 - 1300

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Through interactive lectures and discussions, this course aims to explain the fall of Roman and Visigothic Spain, the legacy of the Muslim period in Spanish history and the gradual process by which Christians re-occupied most of the peninsula. It will compare the mythology of the ‘Re-Conquest’ and ‘El Cid’ with the reality and also consider how the newly established Christian kingdoms drew on their Roman, Visigothic and Muslim predecessors. Tutor: Michael Schraer.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  14. 1940 - 1989: the rise and fall of empires

    Course Date: Thu 17 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Both defeated and victorious countries saw their empires collapse in the years following the Second World War. We look at how this happened and how new kinds of empire emerged in the aftermath.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  15. Struggle for supremacy in 18th century Europe

    Course Date: Fri 18 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The course offers an overview of the complex interaction of European states in the eighteenth century. We will explore, with a light touch, the struggle for dominance between Spain, France, Britain, Scandinavia, Prussia and Russia; and between Habsburgs and Bourbons. We will attempt to bring clarity to this often convoluted struggle (which ranged from India to Canada) while recognising its complexity.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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