The Idler Academy
of Philosophy, Husbandry and Merriment
Join historian and broadcaster Dr Matthew Green on an historical joyride through 800 years of London’s history, from the Middle Ages to the Blitz, which will bring the Unreal City to life like never before.
Journey through the history of Christianity with Dr Mark Vernon, from Paul through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, right up to mass Christianity in the modern day.
What is your ideal way of living? Do you want to make money and still live well? Perhaps you can! Discover how to be a bohemian in business with Tom Hodgkinson.
Learn how to play the harmonica in our twelve part course, which covers everything from breathing patterns and hand position to learning by ear and classic blues riffs.
Learn how to speak proper
A four part course from Gustav Temple of The Chap magazine, which outlines the principles and practice of proper dressing for men.
Learn about all the key philosophical movements of the last five hundred years, from Descartes to Jean-Paul Sartre.
Learn the art of being idle and free in this six part course from Idler editor Tom Hodgkinson
Learn how to play the fabulous ukulele in our six part course with notes and songsheets
Learn about six great Victorians with QI's John Mitchinson
A six part online introduction to the most beautiful music of the last thousand years
The great chef Rowley Leigh traces man's culinary evolution through six films with simple recipes
A six part course which explores Buddhism and Eastern philosophy through the work of writer Alan Watts
A six part course in effective public speaking
Everything you need to know about punctuation in one single masterclass.
Find your voice on our singing course for complete beginners
A six part course in the philosophies of the ancient Greeks from the pre-Socratics and Plato to the Cynics and Sceptics.
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