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Created by Open City, the charity behind the acclaimed Open House festival and a much-loved year round programme of public tours, the Golden Key Academy covers everything a skilled guide needs to create and deliver an insightful, entertaining, culturally-aware, critically-ambitious and financially successful outdoor event explaining the city and bringing its many stories to life.

The taught programme – running from February through to September – features a series of informative and interactive lectures covering core competencies including: editorial programming, critical interpretation, and the ethics of cultural production; guiding responsibilities and crowd safety; self-promotion and the use of technology to enable social distancing; and confidence in public speaking.

Deadline for applications is end of the day Monday 24 January 2022.

The course fee of £800 is fully inclusive of all sessions, activities, assessments, administrative costs and includes complimentary refreshments at graduation.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries subsidising the course fee to just £650.

New for 2022: we are pleased to be able to offer one full course fee bursary with generous support of The London Society.

Please apply early and complete the relevant sections of the form below for consideration of the discounted or full course fee bursary which aim to open up the art of tour guiding to wider audiences and those suffering financial hardship.

If you would like to receive the Zoom link for the virtual 'open day session' taking place on Wednesday 19 January 1 - 1.30 pm please email goldenkey@open-city.org.uk

Golden Key Academy

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Tickets / Admission £ 800
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Open City

About Open City is a charity dedicated to making London and its architecture more open, accessible and equitable. Open City engages all citizens, particularly from under-represented backgrounds, in architecture and city-making. Our programmes – from the Open House Festival and its international network, to our pioneering education projects – open up buildings, conversations and careers to those normally locked out of them.
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