What is History Masterclass?

What is the philosophy of History Masterclass?

History is the story of everything that’s ever happened and the study of the human condition through time.

The great historian, G.M. Trevelyan, once wrote, ‘if historians neglect to educate the public, if they fail to interest it intelligently in the past, then all their historical learning is useless except insofar as it educates themselves’.

History Masterclass therefore exists to put historical knowledge into the public sphere, and deliver a high-calibre experience of learning outside formal education that gives joy and intellectual stimulation.

Each Masterclass is designed to lead you into the the heart of a particular historical topic, period, event or life, and to guide you into the process of thinking historically.

By inspiring and educating you about the past, we hope to change the way you think about the past, the present, and, even, yourself.

We think this can only be done if we involve you in learning, so our events are designed to do just that.


What is a History Masterclass like?

History Masterclasses are intimate, interactive opportunities to learn about history in an exquisite, historically-significant location. Presented by an historian who has been picked for both their expertise and their public-speaking talent, History Masterclasses are intimate – no more than 20 or 30 people, giving lots of opportunity for interaction.

You won’t just be lectured at: there will be talks, but there will always be discussions and workshop-style activities – in fact, as much or as little participant involvement as you like. Each lecture and workshop is specifically tailored to the History Masterclass audience, and the experience lasts for 2 or 3 hours. This is a unique historical experience that you won’t find anywhere else.

Each Masterclass is held in a wonderful historic building and is accompanied by delicious catering. Every Masterclass delivers an in-depth learning experience in a short space of time, bringing you the best of the past from the best of the present.

Our venues include: a seventeenth-century livery company, a Georgian townhouse, a twentieth-century London mansion, a thirteenth-century library, a former Victorian tram stop and gin palace, and eighteenth-century country house that is now a school.


Who is History Masterclass for?

Anyone with a passion for history! There are no pre-requisites: you don’t need to have studied history before or know anything about the topic. It is simply for anyone who wants to hear about history in an intimate setting direct from some of the best historians in the country.


What History Masterclasses are coming up next?

Please see all our upcoming History Masterclasses on the Events Calendar.