Upcoming courses and events

The Centre for Lifelong Learning runs a wide programme of courses and events throughout the year. Please see below for a full list of our upcoming accredited, non-accredited and Saturday courses, as well as our free lectures.

Wed
15
Aug

Madness: Insane Psychiatrists and Asylums

Half-day Summer Series session

Wed
15
Aug

Was Arthur a 'Yorkshireman'?

Half-day Summer Series session

Thu
16
Aug
Thu
16
Aug

Medieval Textiles and Fashion

Half-day Summer Series session

Fri
17
Aug

Writing Poetry 

Half-day Summer Series session

Fri
17
Aug
Mon
24
Sep

Developing the Skills of Writing Fiction

Online accredited 11 week course

Mon
24
Sep
Mon
24
Sep

Genre Transformation

Accredited 11 week course

Mon
24
Sep

Bede’s England

Accredited 11 week course

Mon
24
Sep

Introduction to Psychology

Accredited 11 week course

Tue
25
Sep

Madness: Ideas About Insanity

Accredited 11 week course

Wed
26
Sep

The Practice of Archaeology

Accredited 11 week course

Wed
26
Sep

Novel Ways: Writing The Novel

Accredited 11 week course

Wed
26
Sep
Wed
26
Sep

Introduction to the Social Sciences

Accredited 11 week course

Thu
27
Sep
Thu
27
Sep
Mon
1
Oct
Mon
1
Oct

The History of London’s Transport (1860-1962) (Autumn)

Online 6 week History and Heritage course

Mon
1
Oct

An Introduction to the Old Testament

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Mon
1
Oct

Medieval History for Creative Writers

8 week Creative Writing course

Mon
1
Oct

Medieval Travel Writing

Non-accredited 6 week History and Heritage course

Mon
1
Oct

Church: The Medieval Superpower?

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Mon
1
Oct

Becoming Human: The Long Journey of the Palaeolithic

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Mon
1
Oct

Northern Irish Poetry

10 week Literature course

Mon
1
Oct

Modernism and Myth

10 week Literature course

Mon
1
Oct

Introduction to the Philosophy of Science

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Mon
1
Oct

Introduction to Human Rights

8 week Social Sciences course

Tue
2
Oct
Tue
2
Oct

Tracing the History of York through its Buildings

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
2
Oct

Creative Writing Kickstart

10 week creative writing course

Tue
2
Oct

Yorkshire and the Jacobites

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
2
Oct

History of France (987-1453)

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
2
Oct

Interpreting 250 Years of British Painting

10 week History of Art course

Tue
2
Oct

Herman Melville

8 week Literature course

Tue
2
Oct

Gothic Fiction

10 week Literature course

Tue
2
Oct

The Science of Time

10 week Science and Earth Science course

Tue
2
Oct

An Introduction to Numerical Cognition

10 week Social Sciences course

Wed
3
Oct
Wed
3
Oct

History of Spain (c.700-1492)

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Wed
3
Oct

GM Hopkins

10 week Literature course

Wed
3
Oct

Suleiman the Magnificent: Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Wed
3
Oct
Wed
3
Oct

Radical Romantics

8 week Literature course

Thu
4
Oct

Brocades and Cloths of Gold: Medieval Textiles and Fashion

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Thu
4
Oct
Thu
4
Oct

‘Wonderful Things’: Ancient Egypt - Collected, Curated and Displayed

Non-accredited 5 week History and Heritage course

Thu
4
Oct
Thu
4
Oct

The Splendour of the Northern Renaissance

10 week History of Art course

Thu
4
Oct

The Philosophy of Star Wars

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Thu
4
Oct

How Do We See? An Introduction to Vision

10 week Social Sciences course

Fri
5
Oct

Tracing the History of York through its Buildings (second cohort)

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Sat
6
Oct
Sat
6
Oct

Introduction to Heritage Conservation

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
6
Oct

History of the King’s Manor

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
6
Oct

Annie Swynnerton: Pioneering Woman Artist

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
6
Oct
Wed
17
Oct

Poetry for Pleasure

8 week Creative Writing course

Thu
18
Oct

Simple Steps to Short Stories

6 week Creative Writing course

Sat
20
Oct

From Spark to Page: The Story Triangle

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
20
Oct

Dear Diary... Journals, Blogs and Memoir

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
20
Oct

York Mystery Plays 2018: Waggons in the City

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
20
Oct

Medieval York through the Eyes of William Snawsell

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
20
Oct

Literary Adaptations

Saturday Literature course

Sat
20
Oct

El Greco (1541-1614): Unity of Opposites

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
27
Oct

Creating Convincing Characters in Fiction

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
27
Oct

The Battle of Neville’s Cross

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
27
Oct

What is Baroque?

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
27
Oct

How to Read A Poem

Saturday Literature course

Sat
27
Oct
Sat
3
Nov

Writing with the Ear: Part One

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
3
Nov

History of the King’s Manor

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
3
Nov
Sat
3
Nov
Sat
3
Nov
Sat
3
Nov

What is Beauty? Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

Saturday Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Sat
3
Nov

Michelangelo versus Bernini

Saturday History of Art course

Thu
8
Nov

Poetry Inspires: The New and the Old

6 week Creative Writing course

Sat
10
Nov
Sat
10
Nov

The Bayeux Tapestry

Saturday History and Heritage

Sat
10
Nov

Elizabeth I and the Cult of Gloriana

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
10
Nov
Sat
10
Nov

Reading Theory: An Introduction

Saturday Literature course

Sat
10
Nov

The Psychology of Behaviour

Saturday Social Sciences course

Sat
17
Nov

Writing for Online Audiences

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
17
Nov

Writing Creatively About Art

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
17
Nov

Medieval York Minster: A Sensory History

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
17
Nov

1918: Haig, the 100 Days, and the Forgotten Victory

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
17
Nov

The Garden in Poetry

Saturday Literature course

Sat
17
Nov

What is Consciousness?

Saturday Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Sat
24
Nov

The Medieval Village

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
24
Nov

Introduction to Heraldry

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
24
Nov

Altarpieces in Action

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
24
Nov

Rediscovering Literature’s Value

Saturday Literature course

Sat
24
Nov

The Nordic Symphony

Saturday Music course

Sat
1
Dec

How to Write Prize-winning Short Fiction

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
1
Dec

The Dawn of Cultural Heritage Conservation

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
1
Dec
Sat
1
Dec
Sat
8
Dec

Exploring the Prose Poem

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
8
Dec

The Tirell Murders: Who Killed William Rufus?

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
8
Dec

Maya of Yucatan: An Introduction

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
8
Dec
Sat
8
Dec

‘And she laid him in a manger’: The Christian Nativity Narratives

Saturday Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Mon
7
Jan

Developing the Skills of Writing Scripts

Online accredited 11 week course

Mon
7
Jan

An Introduction to Critical Analysis

Online accredited 11 week course

Mon
7
Jan

Climate and the Human Environment

Accredited 11 week course

Mon
7
Jan

In Short: Writing the Short Story

Accredited 11 week course

Mon
7
Jan

Existentialism and Phenomenology

Accredited 11 week course

Tue
8
Jan
Tue
8
Jan
Tue
8
Jan
Tue
8
Jan

Introduction to Health Psychology

Accredited 11 week course

Wed
9
Jan
Wed
9
Jan
Thu
10
Jan

The Age of Justinian

Accredited 11 week course

Thu
10
Jan
Sat
19
Jan

How to Write Voice-Driven Fiction

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
19
Jan
Sat
19
Jan

Spotlight on Georgia O’Keeffe

Saturday History of Art course

Mon
21
Jan
Mon
21
Jan
Mon
21
Jan
Mon
21
Jan

Get Writing: Make a Poem

8 week Creative Writing course

Mon
21
Jan

How Did Britain Become Roman?

5 week History and Heritage course

Mon
21
Jan

Divorced, beheaded, died? Life, Power and Image for Tudor Women

Non-accredited 8 week History and Heritage course

Mon
21
Jan

Philip Larkin

8 week Literature course

Tue
22
Jan

Medieval English Drama: Mystery Plays and Beyond

8 week History and Heritage course

Tue
22
Jan

Writing for Children

8 week Creative Writing course

Tue
22
Jan
Tue
22
Jan
Tue
22
Jan
Tue
22
Jan
Wed
23
Jan

Der DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik): Life and Culture

Non-accredited 10 week History and Heritage course

Wed
23
Jan

The Hundred Yearsʼ War

8 week History and Heritage course

Wed
23
Jan

Poetry and Place

8 week Creative Writing course

Wed
23
Jan

Medieval Cathedrals in Northern England

8 week History and Heritage course

Wed
23
Jan

A Brief History of the Atlantic

8 week History and Heritage course

Wed
23
Jan
Wed
23
Jan

Remembering the British Raj

8 week Literature course

Wed
23
Jan

Ezra Pound

8 week Literature course

Wed
23
Jan

Introduction to Marxism

8 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Wed
23
Jan
Thu
24
Jan

The Dreyfus Affair

8 week History and Heritage course

Thu
24
Jan
Thu
24
Jan

Writing Poetry with the Poet-Critics

8 week Creative Writing course

Thu
24
Jan

The Creation of the County of Yorkshire

8 week History and Heritage course

Thu
24
Jan

The Forgotten Pre-Raphaelites

8 week History of Art course

Thu
24
Jan
Thu
24
Jan

The Tone Poem

8 week Music course

Thu
24
Jan
Sat
26
Jan

The Knights Templar in Britain

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
26
Jan

Aztecs of Mexico: An Introduction

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
26
Jan

The Conservation and Care of Historic Stained Glass

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
26
Jan

Modern Art in 100 Works (1900-2017)

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
26
Jan

Introducing Little Red Riding Hood

Saturday Literature course

Sat
26
Jan

Poetry as Theology

Saturday Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Sat
2
Feb

Being a Writer

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
2
Feb

Incas of Peru: An Introduction

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
2
Feb

When was the Protestant Reformation in Tudor England?

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
9
Feb

Character Building

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
9
Feb

Archbishop Scrope’s Rebellion and the City of York

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
9
Feb

A Mediterranean Tour: Not Just a Load of Old Stones

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
9
Feb
Sat
16
Feb
Sat
16
Feb

Using Maps for Local and Family History

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
16
Feb

Coins in Archaeology

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
16
Feb

The Paintings of Caravaggio

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
16
Feb
Sat
23
Feb

Flash Fiction Workshop

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
23
Feb

The Domesday Book

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
23
Feb
Sat
23
Feb

Chinoiserie and Orientalism in Sicily

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
23
Feb
Sat
23
Feb

Schubert’s Settings of Mayrhofer

2 week Saturday Music course

Sat
2
Mar
Sat
2
Mar

Writing with the Ear: Part Two

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
2
Mar

Anglo-Saxon England: Part I (c.500-796)

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
2
Mar
Sat
2
Mar

The Amazing Human Brain

Saturday Social Sciences course

Sat
9
Mar

A Writer’s Workout: Part Three

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
9
Mar

Robin Hood and the Abbot of St Mary’s

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
9
Mar
Sat
9
Mar

Fairy Tales for Boys

Saturday Literature course

Sat
9
Mar

Music in the York Mystery Plays

Saturday Music course

Sat
16
Mar

Action! Plot and Structure in Fiction

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
16
Mar

The St William Window, York Minster

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
16
Mar

Pottery in Archaeology

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
16
Mar
Sat
16
Mar
Sat
23
Mar

Creative Writing and the Visual Arts

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
23
Mar

York: Conquest, Cathedral and Chocolate

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
30
Mar
Sat
30
Mar
Mon
15
Apr
Mon
15
Apr

The History of London’s Transport (1860-1962) (Summer)

Online 6 week History and Heritage course

Mon
15
Apr

Developing the Skills of Writing Poetry

Online accredited 11 week course

Mon
15
Apr

Understanding the People of the Past

5 week History and Heritage course

Mon
15
Apr

Nuns: A Cultural History

10 week History and Heritage course

Mon
15
Apr

American Art: Forging a Nation in Images

10 week History of Art course

Mon
15
Apr

The Sonnet

10 week Literature course

Tue
16
Apr

Literary Adventures in Creative Writing

Non-accredited 10 week course

Tue
16
Apr

Everyday Life in a Medieval University

10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
16
Apr

Building the Empire: A Primer in Roman Architecture

10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
16
Apr

A Century of Gender History (1918-2018)

10 week History and Heritage course

Tue
16
Apr

Great Museums and Galleries of Europe

10 week History of Art course

Tue
16
Apr

The Fiction of David Foster Wallace

10 week Literature course

Tue
16
Apr
Tue
16
Apr

Aesthetics and Politics

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Tue
16
Apr

An Introduction to Human Memory

10 week Social Sciences course

Tue
16
Apr
Tue
16
Apr
Wed
17
Apr

York Medieval Stained Glass in situ

10 week History and Heritage course

Wed
17
Apr

An Introduction to the New Testament

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Wed
17
Apr

Poetry Breaking Boundaries

Non-accredited 10 week course

Wed
17
Apr

The Borgias

10 week History and Heritage course

Wed
17
Apr

Understanding the Photograph

8 week History of Art course

Wed
17
Apr

English-Language Welsh Poetry

10 week Literature course

Wed
17
Apr
Wed
17
Apr
Thu
18
Apr

Shakespeare and the History Play

10 week Literature course

Thu
18
Apr

The Spanish Civil War (1936-39)

10 week History and Heritage course

Thu
18
Apr

Medieval Christianity: East and West

10 week History and Heritage course

Thu
18
Apr
Thu
18
Apr
Thu
18
Apr

Medieval Women

6 week History and Heritage course

Thu
18
Apr

History and Heritage: Exploring Africa

10 week History and Heritage course

Thu
18
Apr

The Stories Behind the Music

8 week Music course

Thu
18
Apr

Monks, Mystics and Martyrs of Yorkshire

10 week Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Thu
18
Apr

Early Medieval Europe (c.300-1000AD)

Accredited 11 week course

Sat
27
Apr

Secrets of Writing Short Stories

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
27
Apr

The Trials and Tribulations of Lady Anne Clifford

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
27
Apr
Sun
28
Apr

Novel Ends: Completing the Novel

Non-accredited 10 week Creative Writing course

Sun
28
Apr

The Tudor North

10 week History and Heritage course

Sat
4
May

Engaging the Audience

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
4
May

The Great East Window, York Minster

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
4
May
Sat
4
May
Sat
11
May

Edit and Polish Your Prose

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
18
May

Poetry, Performance, Collaboration

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
18
May

A Day in Medieval Bruges

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
18
May
Sat
18
May
Sat
25
May

Writing for Well-being and Relaxation

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
25
May
Sat
25
May
Fri
31
May

Before the Storm: England (1909-11)

Saturday History and Heritage course

Fri
31
May

History Myths: Did Alfred Burn the Cakes?

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
1
Jun
Sat
1
Jun

Criminological Crime Fiction

Saturday Literature course

Sat
1
Jun

Visual Art as Theology

Saturday Religion, Culture and Philosophy course

Sat
8
Jun

An Introduction to Genre Fiction

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
8
Jun
Sat
8
Jun

All Saints’ North Street’s Stained Glass Windows

Saturday History and Heritage course

Thu
13
Jun

Talking Politicians

Saturday Social Sciences course

Sat
15
Jun

An Introduction to Sculpture in 100 Pieces

Saturday History of Art course

Sat
15
Jun
Sat
15
Jun

A Kestrel for a Knave: The World of Birds of Prey

Saturday Science and Earth Science course

Sat
22
Jun

Write Without Cliché

Creative Writing Saturday course

Sat
22
Jun

York’s City Walls

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
22
Jun

Anglo-Saxon England: Part II (c.800-1066)

Saturday History and Heritage course

Sat
22
Jun

As If By Magic...

Saturday Literature course

Sat
29
Jun

Penda, Oswy and the Battle of Winwaed

Saturday History and Heritage course