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. Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Cesspools, latrines and drains: sanitation in London 1400-1650

    Course Date: Wed 17 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did Londoners access clean water and dispose of waste? How many public toilets were there before 1500? Explore the history of drains, sewage and latrines in pre-modern London.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  2. Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies. Photo: Giovanni Dall'Orto

    Hope and history: exploring contemporary Muslim societies

    Course Date: Fri 19 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore Muslim societies in modern times: the reception of modern ideas and institutions, the status of traditional practices, debates around the nation state, democracy, gender, identity, globalisation and extremism. Tutor: Farid Panjwani.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  3. The Old Father-River: the poetry of the Thames from 1500 to the present day

    Course Date: Sat 20 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Beginning with an idealised, semi-pastoral Thames, the course progresses via satirical 18th. Century evocations to the complex responses of Romantic and Modern poets, concluding with a meditation commissioned for the inauguration of the Millennium Bridge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  4. Constable's Hampstead

    Course Date: Sun 28 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover where Constable lived, the houses and landscapes he painted, as well as his family tomb. This talk is illustrated with pictures and quotes from his letters about his art and feelings for Hampstead.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). It includes a short amount of walking on the Heath. Starts outside Hampstead tube (High Street entrance) and ends in Hampstead Churchyard (a short distance from the tube). The course will include a short amount of walking on the Heath.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  5. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With a background briefing at Build in the morning and a guided walk in Regent's Park in the afternoon,you will discover the history, exuberant planting, sculptures and design of this fabulous Royal Park dating from the early 19th century. Special trees will be highlighted.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  6. Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Crime and punishment in the Middle Ages

    Course Date: Fri 2 Aug 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Crime and punishment during the Middle Ages. Using medieval London records, we explore how municipal authorities dealt with a range of offenders from murderers to cross-dressing prostitutes. Tutor: Vanessa King

    Tutor Bio: Vanessa King is a medieval historian and has taught history and history of art for Birkbeck and

    Goldsmiths Colleges, University of London since 1999. She also teaches for the WEA and the Mary Ward Centre.

    Vanessa has published several articles focussing on Domesday Studies and more recently on the impact of the

    Black Death on fourteenth century England. She is currently engaged in writing a book on medieval queenship.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  7. Bricks to Brutalism, Metroland to Moderne: London’s housing

    Bricks to Brutalism, Metroland to Moderne: London’s housing

    Course Date: Thu 21 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Through 4 walks explore an array of London’s residential styles from housing the East End poor and the modernist style of 1930s Hampstead to brutalist blocks of flats by Lubetkin and Lasdun in post-war Bethnal Grreen and suburban Metroland.

    FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE. FIRST MEETING POINT - OUTSIDE WHITECHAPEL TUBE.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  8. A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living. Photo: R Sones

    A walk through Highgate: experiments in urban living

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Discover some of Highgate's twentieth century developments. We will pass Lubetkin's iconic High Point flats, walk through Waterlow Park, past Highgate Cemetery to the Holly Lodge Estate and to Walter Segal's 1950s St Anne's Close.

    Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane. Walk starts on the green opposite The Woodman pub, Archway Road. (Take escalator exit from Highgate station and turn right.) Finishes at Parliament Hill Fields at the Bottom of Swain's Lane.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

  9. Discovering Victorian London: empire, enterprise and education

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Victorian London shaped today's city. Discover the lasting legacy of the Victorian age, uncover its secrets, and meet

    some of the characters who created one of the world's greatest cities. NB. Initial lecture at Build.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  10. Medieval London

    Course Date: Thu 2 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where and how did Londoners live? What did they eat and drink? What illnesses did they suffer from, how were they treated and how did they deal with sanitation? These and other questions will be addressed on this course.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £61.00

  11. London at war: 1939-1945

    London at war: 1939-1945

    Course Date: Tue 7 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street


    Explore in this interactive lecture course how Londoners faced many challenges: bombing, fires, destruction, caring for the vulnerable while also dealing with work, rationing and blackouts. How did Londoners experience these things, and with what legacy?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £74.00

  12. The lost town of Lundenwic: mid-Saxon London 600-900 CE

    Course Date: Sat 11 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at the least known episode in London's history, mid-Saxon town Lundenwic (AD 600-900). Includes an introductory lecture, a museum visit and a guided walk around Covent Garden.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £26.00

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