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]

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  1. Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Ways into creative writing: an introduction

    Course Date: Fri 1 Jun 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Not sure whether creative writing is for you? Give it a try over six fun sessions covering the basics of fiction and poetry. Increase your confidence and produce work through guided exercises and discussion.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £44.00

  2. Medieval science and medicine

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course examines the complaints people suffered from late antiquity to the High Middle Ages. We investigate how cures were obtained through diet, bloodletting, purgation, medicine and prayer, often in accordance with the treatments of Galen and other authorities. Tutor: Micahel Bloomfield.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. London and the Reformation

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Reformation had a profound effect on the landscape of 16th-century London as church buildings were transformed into stables, private houses, a wine tavern and biscuit factory! Nearly 50 martyrs were burnt or died in prison in London. Come along and find out more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Writing inspiration jam

    Writing inspiration jam

    Course Date: Sat 2 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This fun, inspiring day workshop explores the many sources of inspiration available to writers in their everyday lives.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  5. Masters of cinema: Robert Altman and David Lynch

    Course Date: Mon 4 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Robert Altman found success at the same time as Spielberg, Lucas and Scorsese, but he was no movie brat In 1977 David Lynch debuted with Eraserhead. Join us to find out how two mavericks broke away from the Hollywood mould.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  6. The art of the sonnet from the Renaissance to European Modernism

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shakespeare's is the most celebrated of all sonnet cycles, but the form itself has been integral to Western lyric poetry for nearly eight centuries. Explore works by Petrarch, Shakespeare, Donne, Michelangelo, Vittoria Colonna and Rilke.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £35.00

  7. A taste of philosophy of the mind

    Course Date: Wed 6 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Without our brains we would not be able to see, hear, smell, feel or think. But is thinking or having an experience nothing else than neural activity? In this course we will look at this and some related questions.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

  8. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 7 Jun 2018 (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….
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  9. Up close and personal with Greek archaeological treasures

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover stunning objects from ancient Greece and the evidence they provide for the lives of ancient people. Spend the afternoon having a close look at the British Museum's collection.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. The priest as poet

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From Shakespeare’s time to our own, priest-poets have given particularly forceful and poignant expression to both the rewards and the difficulties of faith. This innovative course will illuminate both their visions and their tribulations.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  11. The Build festival of writing

    The Build festival of writing

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for an inspiring day of talks, lectures and panels from publishing industry insiders, on the theme of writing for the 21st century.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £49.00

  12. Suffragette: the making of a movement

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Suffragettes employed militant tactics to fight for votes for women. We will study stories and plays by suffragette writers to consider how they used literature and the performing arts to rally support for the movement.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  13. Writing news and features: a taster

    Writing news and features: a taster

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Fancy learning some journalism basics? This taster workshop introduces students to the fundamental skills every budding journalist needs. The course explores the language and structure of news and feature articles.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Writing press releases

    Writing press releases

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    News editors are inundated with badly written press releases. How do you get yours noticed? Learn the basics of writing effective press releases for business and the public sector, and get feedback on your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Cult movies

    Course Date: Sat 9 Jun 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy a day exploring a selection of weird and wonderful cult movies! From exploitation and genre treasures to art house curiosities and even the occasional blockbuster, this course has something for every cult movie fan!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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