History of Art

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Entry – typically the shortest courses where no prior knowledge of the subject is needed.
Explore – may be short, may be longer, but we assume that typically you have an existing interest in the topic and would like to know more, and are prepared to commit more time and perhaps pay a bit more.
Expert – we reserve this for the courses that are the most intensive, specialist in nature and perhaps comparatively more costly.


We have divided courses according to whether you can do them at home/where you want, or whether you have to go to a specific place.
In Person – you need to go to where the course is delivered.
Online – you do the course where you want


Many of us don’t realise that there is a lot of free material online, so we give you the option to choose if you only want to look at free “content”.

Art History of St Petersburg (and optional Moscow) 2018

Dreaming of delving under the glittering domes of the art history of St Petersburg, or the opulent interiors of Moscow’s greatest galleries? There can surely be no more fabulous way to do so than in the company of Hotel Alphabet’s excellent little team.

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Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime

Who owns art? How can we protect it? Delve into the underbelly of the art world through this thrilling three-week online antiquities trafficking course which will explore how art is stolen, trafficked, found and returned.

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Bodleian Treasures: 21 pairs and a tropical forest

A cultural trip to Oxford would not be complete without a visit to see an exhibition at The Bodleian Library – in particular we recommend visiting the Weston Library’s Shikshapatri manuscript which is being uniquely displayed among the 21 pairs of artefacts from the Bodleian’s extensive archival collection.

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Soho Soirée – Valentine’s Day Special: A Walking Tour

Take a gentle evening walk and raise your heartbeat on this Soho cultural tour – a Valentine’s Day Special. Starting in Soho Square with an expert guide, amble along cobbled streets and tiny alleyways, tracing the tales of the fascinating figures who lived and worked in this thriving area.

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V & A Collections

Did you know that your can browse the V&A Museum’s extraordinary collections online? 1.1 million objects and more than 600,000 images, for free? Paintings, Photography, Textiles, Theatre & Performance, South Asia, Europe 1600 – 1815, Architecture, Jewellery, and Fashion. Several of these collections are amongst the largest in the world.

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National Trust Collections

This might be one of Britain’s greatest secrets – until now! The National Trust is well known for preserving stately homes & heritage buildings across Britain, but what is far less well known is that its cause for preserving and protecting Britain’s heritage, now extends to giving free online access to an extraordinary catalogue of almost 850,000 objects.

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Art Appreciation Course

With tutors from across the art world, 24/7 support and a truly flexible online learning environment, this course is the ideal way to advance your art knowledge – at your own pace.

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