History and Cultural Heritage

History and Cultural Heritage Course Overview

The History and Cultural Heritage course is for adults who wish to refresh their English, explore the vast cultural heritage of the UNESCO city of Bath and share their own cultural heritage.

It is also eligible for  KA1 Erasmus staff mobility funding.

The UK will continue to enjoy participation in Erasmus Plus activities with our European friends until the end of 2020, under the transition period agreement negotiated with the EU.

The UK Government is keen to continue our links with EU teaching and training institutions. Please follow the following link to our UK Erasmus Status page to see the latest UK Erasmus agency statement.

On this very specific English language course teachers will enjoy a high level of customisation and attention. With a minimum of four teachers we will confirm an agreed date, which can be extended to two weeks. 

The Roman Baths were the best example I’ve ever seen. And this should be a two-week course.” Patrizia P, Italy.

Patrizia thank you for your feedback. We can now do that! EMB

The History and Cultural Heritage course runs for 25 hours per week in the UNESCO world heritage city of Bath, UK. It is delivered in a comfortable central location that provides free wi-fi and refreshments.

We explore Bath’s amazing Roman and Georgian cultural heritage through some of its many cultural sights and spaces. The historic centre of Bath is relatively compact but be ready to spend a few hours on your feet each day!

Course Leaders – Sara Helm and Christian de Larrinaga

Sara has over 25 years’ experience of teaching  English and intercultural communication skills to a wide range of people in the fields of business, politics, the civil service, medicine and education as well as teacher training. 
Christian is a history graduate with a vast knowledge of British and European history.

Jane Austen lived here

image of Bath Abbey at night

Roman Baths in Bath

History and Cultural Heritage

Course Outcomes 

  • refreshed language skills for discussing history and cultural heritage in particular
  • greater knowledge about the rich cultural heritage of UNESCO Bath
  • led an English language session on (your local) cultural heritage
  • networked and shared ideas and knowledge with others

Course Content 

The course includes walking history tours and visits to sites relating to:

Click on the links above to see the various sites.

As well as language refresher sessions, the other significant part of the course is the opportunity for you, the participant, to lead a 45- minute session (per week) on an aspect of your local cultural heritage in which you are particularly interested. This course is not simply limited to history teachers so the range of topics has always been very rich and varied!

For this reason, the course is developed through discussion with you prior to the course. A final course programme is sent out shortly before it starts.


Typical Course Timings

09.30 – 12.30 / 15.30 – 17.30 
Participants generally enjoy a long lunch break in order to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities in our UNESCO city, such as:

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Optional Social Activities

On all of our courses, depending on weather and programmes on offer, activities generally include one or more of the following:

Certification and Erasmus Documentation

EMB provides a course certificate. You can use the information in the downloadable pdf factsheet further down this page to complete an Erasmus contract and/or a Europass Mobility Document for us to sign on the course, if desired. The contract can also be sent prior to the course.

PIC number: 920212229

EMB is happy help participants choose evening and weekend cultural activities to enhance their cultural experience and promote the use of English outside the classroom.

Bath is one of those places that you have to visit at least once in a life time. I had really great time there, it was peaceful and without any stress.” Kaspars G, Latvia 
Themae Spa roof top Bath,UK

History and Cultural Heritage Course Dates     

Courses dates are available many weeks of the year from April to November on request. We have a separate background page for dates that we update regularly. If you are not sure which date to request, please ask us for a link to it in your enquiry email.

If your institution is waiting for May/June results of a February funding application, it is advisable to request a course date after August 17 at the earliest. 

History and Cultural Heritage Course Fee

1 week €670

2 weeks  €1300

This includes the booking fee and visits to sites on the course programme but does not include accommodation. See below. 

What some of you said :-)

“On this small group course we really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and opportunity for exchanges of culture and didactic practices with teachers from other countries. I liked that fact that every teacher was invited to contribute to the programme.” Agnese C, Italy 

“I enjoyed the small group dynamic, the course leader’s sensitivity for group needs and the ‘spirit’ of the programme in this beautiful city.” Matjaž V, Slovenia

“The attention from the moment that I applied for information about the course was perfect.” Luis VM, Spain

The small groups gave us the opportunity to enjoy and explore Bath and its history not only in a friendly atmosphere but also enabled Sara to adapt the course to our subjects and our needs. I would recommend the course to all culture lovers out there.Julia B, Austria


image of English Means Business Host FamilyStay with one of our friendly host families to give you the ‘total immersion’ experience! A host family stay guarantees you an authentic taste of Bath life and provides the opportunity for conversation and friendship building.  

Our small band of host families are very welcoming couples or single people who do not have children living at home. They live within a 30-minute walk of the course venue. Our host family charge including breakfast and dinner is €400 for 5 to 6 nights. It is important to book early to guarantee a host family.

“My accommodation was great. Close to the centre of town, lovely home, food was tasty and my hostess was very nice.” Kaie S, Estonia

Alternatively, we can recommend web links to accommodation sites. 

“The centrally located YMCA was perfect for me and my family.” Matjaž V, Slovenia

Download the course brochure: History and Cultural Heritage factsheet

How to apply

Email Course Leader (click) Sara Helm

Please include:

  • your name(s)
  • your school and school address (if applicable) or region/country
  • the course date you are interested in
  • the age group(s) / subjects you teach (if applicable)
  • aspects of cultural heritage on which you might like to lead a short session
  • If Erasmus funded – is your institution’s funding already in place?
  • whether or not you need a host family
  • your WhatsApp contact details!

I will usually contact you within 24 hours for further information. Looking forward to meeting you!

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