Autumn 2023 Courses

Autumn courses at a glance

About our programme
We are delighted to present our autumn 2023 programme. As well as our extremely popular courses in Music Appreciation, History, Literature and London Walks, we are excited to introduce new tutors and new courses. Do look over each section to discover what appeals to you, especially if it is something new you would like to try. The committee are keen to build on the range of what we offer, both in class at HLSI and online. Further suggestions and introductions from our membership will always be appreciated; please let us know if there is something you would like to study/practise that we do not currently offer.

Some points to draw to your attention:

  • If you have not done so yet, become a member. Our fees have increased slightly this year to take account of rising costs but our annual membership remains the same: currently £120 per year for an individual or £200 per household. If you follow a course for a year, you save the membership fee by paying the lower members’ rate and profit from early enrolment. In addition, you will have access to a wonderful library, free lectures and debates, and the enjoyment of all the periodicals in the members’ room. It really does make sense to become a member. And, extremely important: we would love to have you in our community - to chat, to share a coffee or a glass of wine after a lecture. Do come in!
  • Allied to the comment above, please ensure you always log in online before you book courses: this way you are guaranteed to pay the right members’ rate for your course.
  • We are a small organisation that cannot meet its costs without a certain number of students registering for a class. Regrettably we sometimes have to cancel courses for lack of enrolments. We also ask you to think carefully about your personal calendar before you sign up: we cannot provide refunds, other than related to serious sudden medical conditions or similar. From September 2023 we are introducing a £25 administration charge for refunds to cover the cost of extra work incurred.
  • Non-members will be able to book from 14 July.

Fee Concessions
We are committed to making our courses affordable to as wide a group as possible. A number of places are available at £10 per term/course for people dependent on income-related state benefits. Please contact the office for details on 020 8340 3343

How to enrol
Please enrol online if possible. If you have difficulties with this, you can enrol in person or by telephone 020 8340 3343

New courses to look out for autumn 2023
Garden Design for Town Gardens
The Literature of London - ‘Unreal City’
History of Art: Vienna in 1900
History of Art: British Art 1886 -1945
Two one-day weekend courses on French writers and philosophers, Proust and Beckett
‘Gregorian Chant’ day on Saturday 7th October
and, finally, a fun Swing and Gospel day on Saturday, 4th November.

We are looking forward to your company on this autumn journey: log in and sign up!