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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    Poetry through the seasons: spring

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Snowdrops blossoming, daffodils yellowing, lengthening days and the blossoms of May. Whatever spring means to you, this day workshop will inspire you to write poems that capture the essence of the brightening world.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. 60 years of revolution: Cuba and the United States

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In 2019, sixty years after Fidel Castro's rebel army overthrew an American-backed dictatorship, the US and Cuba are at a cross-roads: the Castro era now over; the Trump administration threatening to return to a Cold War footing. This one day course will reveal how we got here — via sugar cane fires and exploding cigars. It will use photography, film clips and primary sources to bring to life the stories that made that that history — and to ask, what happens next? Tutor: Jack Gain.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. The rise and fall of the teen on screen

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun and informative day course charts the history of the teen movie from its rock n roll origins to its blockbusting destiny in the superhero genre. Examples of teen and high school movies from the 1950s to the present day will be analysed through discussion, presentation and interactive activities.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Writing YA fiction: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Young adult fiction is booming. Find out more about this exciting genre and how it differs from other forms of writing for adults and children. Learn the essential techniques and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for YA stories.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  5. Introduction to journalism

    Introduction to journalism

    Course Date: Sat 23 Mar 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Poets of Medieval London: Chaucer, Gower and the urban poetic imagination

    Course Date: Sun 24 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did urban poets write about London in medieval England? From Southwark taverns to significant London landmarks and events, this course considers work by two friends, John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. 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

  8. A psychoanalytical approach to film: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    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

  9. Local history writing

    Local history writing

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this inspiring new short course students will learn how to write local history books, booklets and features. Local history covers a broad spectrum of topics but writers in this area are often interested in penning volumes about their family, their home town, the street they live in, the places they love, know well or grew up in, from old buildings to parks, markets and beyond.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  10. Understanding poetry

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare and Milton to Ezra Pound and Frank O'Hara, what makes different types of poetry tick, and how can we gain the confidence to read them perceptively and with real enjoyment?
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  11. Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Introduction to advanced academic writing (Year 3 undergraduates and beyond)

    Course Date: Sat 30 Mar 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    On this one-day workshop we will explore the building blocks and strategies for good writing. Ideal for those studying, or contemplating writing, at this level.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  12. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019 (and 1 other date)
    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

  13. How to read a film: a brief beginners' guide to cinema

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    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

  14. A taste of philosophy

    A taste of philosophy

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you ever wondered what philosophy is? What do philosophers talk about? Can they tell you the meaning of life or is it just jargon and navel gazing? Come along and find out.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  15. Hampstead and the Slade School of Art

    Course Date: Sun 7 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Walk in the path of Slade School artists who lived in or were associated with Hampstead. Amongst others, we will discover where the Carline and Nevinson families lived and worked, and where Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler’s studios were, as well as some of the sites they painted.

    Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube. Starts outside Hampstead tube, High Street entrance. Ends a short distance from Belsize Park tube.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £8.00

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