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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 confidence in public speaking.

The application deadline for 2024 applications is 6pm Monday 15 January 2024

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.

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.

Golden Key Academy

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Event Type(s) Professional
Tickets / Admission £ 800
Tickets/Booking/RSVP: open-city.org.uk/...


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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