History, culture & writing

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]n.info.

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  1. The Roman wall of London

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    Find out more about the wall that enclosed Roman London. Visit to the Museum of London included. Meeting point: by the ticket barriers at the exit of Tower Hill Station.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. The post: all the president's 'fake news'

    Course Date: Wed 1 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Spielberg’s cold war Bridge of Spies mirrors The Post, All the President’s Men, LeCarre’s Smiley, and Cambridge Analytica. From Breitbart to Woodward and Bernstein, Citizen Kane to Defence of the Realm - who knew what when?
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £13.00

  3. Discover Regent's Park: a guided walk

    Course Date: Thu 2 Aug 2018
    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

  4. The writings of Cicero: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to one of the most influential and prolific Roman writers, Cicero, his life and works.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Communism: Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Mao

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This one-day course will provide an introduction to Communism through examination of the ideas of Marx, Lenin, Stalin in Russia, as well as how Communism is viewed and implemented in China with Mao.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. Sex and the city: medieval London

    Course Date: Fri 3 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Where were the red light districts? What was the going rate for a prostitute? Using the example of John Rykener, the cross-dressing sex worker who called himself ‘Eleanor’, we will explore attitudes to prostitution and how it was managed in the City before 1500 CE.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  7. Spanish weekend: Bunuel, Saura & Erice: Spanish filmmakers and the fight against censorship

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore classic 20th century Spanish films that escaped Franco’s censorship and the ways in which they managed to mock the repression.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  8. Spanish weekend: Geometry and design in Moorish Spain

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore geometry as an art form. Construct the designs found in the Alhambra (Granada) using ruler and compass.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  9. Writing articles workshop

    Writing articles workshop

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work with a freelance journalist to sharpen up your writing in this in-depth workshop. Improve your style and discover the key skills you need to produce high quality articles to a deadline.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  10. Writing a summer blockbuster

    Writing a summer blockbuster

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you an aspiring filmmaker with a great idea for a blockbuster screenplay? You'll learn how to write universal stories with big themes. Looking at a selection of big summer blockbusters, from Jaws to Star Wars, we'll explore how tight plotting, exciting action sequences, and memorable characters all work together to bring your favourite films to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. The pentangle on the shield: King Arthur in medieval literature

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The legend of King Arthur and his knights is one of the great European literary traditions. This course considers the development of the legend in medieval literature, from the earliest allusions to the 15th century.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  12. Women's lives in the ancient world - Sappho

    Women's lives in the ancient world

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover how women are portrayed on the male-dominated stage of ancient Greece and Rome and what issues affected their lives. A visit to the British Museum is included in the afternoon.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  13. Journey in pre-Islamic and early Islamic art and architecture

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this one-day course, we will examine the art and architecture of pre-Islamic Arabia and the role played mainly by Byzantines and Sasanians in the development of Islamic art.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  14. Autobiographical writing: capturing a summer

    Autobiographical writing: capturing a summer

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For better or worse some summers stay with us forever, so why not preserve them on the page? This day workshop explores approaches to capturing your personal stand-out summer.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Arts and Crafts of Hampstead Garden Suburb: a guided walk

    Course Date: Sun 5 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    The walk traces the early history and developments of Hampstead Garden Suburb and includes the Heath Extension, Central Square, designed by Edwin Lutyens, and the original Artisans quarter, designed from 1907 by Parker and Unwin. Starts outside the main entrance to Golders Green Tube station and ends at Temple Fortune on the Finchley Road.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

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