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Our Community Learning Network

Welcome to the online home of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Community Learning Network. This is an initiative run by the local community to promote and let residents know about the various clubs and learning activities happening in the Suburb.

New Courses

A brief excursion to Italy (in 18th century terms) in the company of British travellers taking the 'Grand Tour' in the 18th century. This course will examine both the art made for 18th century British travellers to Italy on the Grand Tour and the artefacts that they collected on their voyages and stays in Rome, Naples and Venice.

The course will be held at: Fellowship House, 136a Willifield Way, London NW11 6YD from: 10.30 a.m. — 12.30 p.m. on: Tuesdays 14th, 21st & 28th February, 7th, 14th & 21st March

For more info, contact the teacher, Mary Kitson, direct:   07831 663015

An introduction to drawing, painting, sculpture & architecture in early 20th Century Europe, from Dora Carrington to the Art Deco Movement. The visual arts will be discussed against the cultural background of this fascinating era.

Thursdays 10.30am - 12.30pm: 12th January - 23rd March 2017 (Optional Gallery visit on 30th March)

Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG

Cost £150

For more info, contact the teacher, Cedric Day (former Institute teacher), direct:   01428/684559

An exciting & flexible introduction to using different materials & techniques, combining them in interesting ways & developing images from realistic to semi-abstract & abstract. All abilities welcome.

Thursdays 1.30pm - 3,30pm: 12th January to 23rd March 2017 (Optional Gallery visit on 30th March)

Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, Central Square, NW11 7AG

Cost: £150

For more info, contact the teacher, Cedric Day (former Institute teacher), direct:    01428/684559

The Introduction to Film Studies course aims to enhance participants' appreciation and understanding of the genres, movements and history of cinema. The course includes lectures, discussion, clips and full-length feature screenings. The first term (8 lectures plus 3 screenings) will cover the birth of cinema, silent cinema, major film movements and genres. Subsequent terms will delve in detail into areas including: European cinema movements; Hollywood through the ages; stars and celebrity; documentary and non-fiction film. No previous knowledge necessary, the course is open to all.

Tuesdays 10am-12pm 17 January - 14 March (8 weeks plus half term break)
Full-length film screenings once a month: 12pm-2pm (with lunch break) 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 7 March

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley High Road, N2: Classes in the Cabin, screenings in the main auditorium.

£175 per term includes tuition, film screenings, a discount at Phoenix Cinema Café.

Places are strictly limited so reserve your place now by email to: If you reserve a place, I will notify you of how to make payment.

About the teacher - Julia Wagner

I am a film expert, experienced teacher and lecturer. I have a PhD in Film Studies from UCL (my thesis was on autobiographical documentary) and I have taught Film Studies at UK universities and presented research at international conferences. I have a degree in Italian and a specialist interest in Italian cinema. I am Film Reviewer for the Jewish Quarterly journal; my blog on film, television and memory is published on the Huffington Post UK; and I regularly moderate Q&A events with filmmakers at the Phoenix Cinema. 


Here are some testimonials from students and colleagues:

Dr Eylem Atakav, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia:
"I’ve had the privilege to work with Dr Wagner at two Q&A events she moderated. She is brilliant in engaging with the audience while expertly posing thought-provoking questions about issues around gender and cinema. She has this amazing skill of articulating complex academic topics and making them accessible. It is an honour and joy working with her. She is truly engaging, wonderfully passionate about film and debates around Film Studies. Those who will be attending her Film Studies course at the Phoenix are incredibly lucky to have such an excellent teacher!"

Dr Lucy Bolton, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Queen Mary University of London:
"Julia Wagner is a warm and generous host with a vast wealth of film knowledge and expertise: the perfect person to lead a course where people can increase their understanding and knowledge of cinema."

Student: "Her positive and constructive approach helped me to build my confidence […] Julia is very dedicated, intelligent, and professional. She has high interpersonal skills and I truly recommend her."

I’m very much looking forward to bringing the course to you.

About Our Community Learning Network

For Learners

If you are a Suburb resident interested in learning or finding out more about the groups, organisations, classes, clubs, societies and activities which are running in the Suburb please click a subject in the 'select a subject' list to see details of learning providers / organisers for that subject. New learning providers are regularly added so do check back occasionally to see what has been added. If a subject you are interested in learning is not listed please let us know at so we can let potential teachers know.


For Teachers

Are you somebody who would love to teach small or large groups? Do you have a passion for a subject? We have set up a Teachers Page with details of local rooms for hire for teaching and a list of new subjects that residents have expressed an interest in learning. If you presently teach, lead or organise classes, groups & activities in the Suburb please get in touch at so we can add you to the list of learning providers.



This is an initiative run by local residents convinced there is a real need to let HGS residents know about the various exciting clubs and activities which are happening in the Suburb.

There are already numerous groups offering to teach new skills, participate in activities or explore an interest but many residents are unaware of what is available or who to contact?

Equally, teachers, leaders & organisers would like to let residents know what they have to offer and new teachers etc might be looking for advice on how to get started...

So we thought, why not bring interested residents and teachers etc together ...?

Our Community Learning Network was launched on Sunday July 10th @ HGS Free Church where interested residents were invited to come along to find out more and teachers to promote their classes or groups through demonstration and discussion.

This website has been created to provide an online home for our community learning network. It provides a directory of local learning providers and will expand over time to include a full course and class prospectus. The intention is for it to be very much driven by the local community and the needs of local learning providers so it will evolve over time based on feedback. This is a local community initiative, run by residents, and is free to use. To be included on the site please contact

The Community Learning Network is being organised by local residents Ian Tutton, Steve Morris and Anita Sarin. We would welcome more volunteers so if you would like to get involved please do contact us at