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Join us for our annual Open Day on Saturday 17 March 2018 and find out about our part-time and short courses for adults. Hear University experts speaking on their specialist subjects, and get a flavour of what it’s like to study at historic Madingley Hall.

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Programme of talks and tours

Note that some sessions overlap. Please take care when making your booking that you are able to attend all the sessions you have registered for.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk.

10:00-10:45

Paupers behaving badly: an introduction to local history via the poor laws

Local History taster session with Dr Samantha Williams

The Dutch diet in the 17th century

History of Art taster session with Mary Conochie

From the simple breakfast to the extravagant banquet, this talk explores the richness and variety of the Dutch diet in the 17th century through a selection of still life paintings.

Rekindling your creativity

Creative Writing taster session with Rupert Wallis

It can be hard to find the time to write. How do you find the energy and resilience to get started or carry on with a project? This friendly session will offer some tips for rekindling your creativity and highlight some key creative aspects of writing fiction.

Tour of Madingley Hall

Now home to the Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall has functioned at various times as a hunting lodge, a family home and a royal residence. Discover the fascinating past (and present!) of this 16th-century mansion, in this informative guided tour.

10:30-11:15

Shaping our world and the importance of evolutionary biology and genetics

Genetics taster session with Dr Tom Monie

The work of Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel has had a profound influence on how we perceive and understand the fields of evolutionary biology and genetics. Hear about key events in these areas of biology and explore how they continue to be at the forefront of scientific discovery.

Developing and growing a business: where to start?

Business and Management taster session with Dr Christine Rivers

Developing a business, either an existing or a new one, can be a rewarding challenge. But what are the fundamental elements one needs to consider? This session will explore the differences between vision and mission, vision and strategy, and vision and goals - and how understanding these can be used to grow a business. We will discuss theoretical concepts and their relevance for application in today’s world.

The primitive hut and the evolution of building in stone

Historic Building Conservation taster session with Sarah Buckingham

The 'primitive hut' was a historical architectural theory explaining the origins of classical architecture. This talk will explore the concept and challenge some of the assumptions behind it.

11:00-11:45

How to read a film: an introduction

Film Studies taster session with Dr Loreta Gandolfi

What does it mean to ‘read’ a film? We will look at how the camera presents stories and its characters. Is the filmmaker using a long shot or a close-up? Do actions happen in open and luminous spaces, or in claustrophobic and dim interiors? Attention will be on how cinematic techniques convey films certain visual and aural qualities.

Biography and memoir: how to grip your reader from the first page

Creative Writing taster session with Midge Gillies

Today’s reader can have a short attention span. How do you pique their interest and persuade them to read on? This friendly session will offer tips about getting started and where to look for inspiration. Our aim will be to leave the session with an opening sentence to work on.

My story: inspirational learners

Current and past students

Hear inspiring stories from students who have begun or continued their learning journey at Cambridge. What's it really like? Can I do it? How can I prepare?

Tour of Madingley Hall Gardens

Enjoy a guided tour of Madingley Hall's beautiful landscaped gardens laid out by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century, and supplemented with Edwardian and late 20th-century features. The Gardens contain a walled garden, a courtyard garden and a meadow, all possessing a rich diversity of plants.

11:30-12:15

Stripping down your science: tips from the Naked Scientist

Science Communication taster session with Chris Smith

The ability to communicate clearly is one of the most important life skills, but many people find themselves under-prepared and lacking in confidence in this area. To answer this need, ICE is developing a new course that emphasises the practical side of science communication. Taught by the team behind the award-winning Naked Scientists BBC science programme and podcast, this course will get you communicating! Naked Scientist founder Chris Smith will explain how, and talk about the way his team make programmes that reach millions of people around the world every year.

Ghosts at cockcrow: practical approaches to reconstructing the history of our everyday landscapes

Landscape History and Archaeology taster session with Dr Susan Oosthuizen

Buildings, rights of way, hedges, humps and hollows are just some of the clues that can reveal the history of our everyday landscapes. This lecture uses practical examples to reconstruct how our modern world was shaped by "other men and women, as actual as we are today, thinking their own thoughts, swayed by their own passions, but now all gone ... as utterly as we ourselves shall shortly be gone, like ghosts at cockcrow".

Advanced Diploma: a labour of love

Information session with Dr Alex Carter

This year ICE will be offering an all-new Advanced Diploma course that will enable you to conduct an individual research project. Whether you are passionate about history, literature or science this is the course for you.

Preparing for part-time learning: getting yourself ready and an insight to good academic practice

Study skills session with Dr Tom Monie

The demands of jobs, families and modern-day life can make fitting learning into a busy schedule difficult. Don't be daunted. Come and hear how this balance can be achieved, how to get yourself ready for study, and how to make the most of your learning experience.

Restoring Classicism: Sir John Soane’s Moggerhanger House

Historic Building Conservation taster session with Sarah Buckingham

A real-life case study of the challenges encountered in restoring John Soane’s Moggerhanger House in Bedfordshire.

12:00-12:45

Coaching for leadership development

Coaching taster session with Sally Bernham and Dr Gill Stevens

Coaching is becoming increasingly recognised as a valuable approach to learning and development in organisations. In this practical taster workshop, we will explore the potential value of coaching within leadership development. How can coaches contribute to a leader's development, both effectively and safely?

Small is beautiful: the art of the short story

Creative Writing taster session with Dr Lucy Durneen

Short stories 'see' the world differently from long stories. This workshop will explore the form and shape of these 'moments glimpsed in passing', and reveal how we're all natural short story writers at heart. We'll aim to pin down an idea to develop into a story and offer advice on how to craft this beyond the session.

Can archaeologists excavate Nazis?

Archaeology taster session with Dr Gilly Carr

Archaeologists often surprise members of the public by revealing that they can excavate the recent as well as the very distant past. This lecture explores what happens when Gilly Carr excavated a Nazi camp in the Channel Islands. What did she find that revealed the Nazis had been there?

Tour of Madingley Hall

Now home to the Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall has functioned at various times as a hunting lodge, a family home and a royal residence. Discover the fascinating past (and present!) of this 16th-century mansion, in this informative guided tour.

12:30-13:15

Why worry about international development and global change?

International Development taster session with Dr Alexandra Winkels

Are you interested in global issues related to poverty, equity and aid? How do people cope with disasters? What is the role of NGOs or the United Nations? Have you wondered why Fair Trade is important, or why education is linked to human development? Look at human development from both theoretical and applied perspectives and examine these in light of global issues such as climate change, resource scarcities, financial transfers and population dynamics.

The search for an English style

History of Architecture taster session with Dr Sarah Pearson

The 18th and 19th centuries encompassed a wealth of architectural change in England and the emergence of new styles inspired by antique sources. From Neo-Classical country houses to the lofty heights of Victorian Gothic, this period encapsulates the quest to identify truly English architecture.

Choosing the right course for you

Information session with Dr Liz Morfoot

With a wealth of courses taking place each year at ICE, from day schools to Master’s degrees, in the classroom or online, for professional or personal development, choosing the right course can be daunting. Let us help you navigate what's on offer and explore how to build on your study with us.

13:00-13:45

Elizabeth of Clare: a story of duty, family and just the odd abduction

Medieval History taster session with Dr Frank Woodman

Elizabeth of Clare (1295-1360), granddaughter of Edward I, is one of the few medieval women whose lives emerge from the fog that generally surround women’s lives before the modern era. Not just the founder of Clare College but the wealthiest woman of her generation. How did it happen that a woman had control of money and land in the period? Elizabeth’s story is one of multiple marriages, being widowed three times before she was 30, skilful manipulation of the ‘rules’ and a considerable amount of architectural and institutional patronage. Not to mention the ‘Abduction’.

Leading successful writing workshops

Creative Writing taster session with Dr Lucy Durneen

Creative Writing is an increasingly popular subject at all levels of education. We all know (deep down!) that the best way to improve one's craft is to share work and receive feedback, but one of the biggest challenges in teaching Writing can be the workshop process itself. This workshop-within-a-workshop will identify some of the key areas to pay attention to, and will invite you to consider how to navigate the act of sharing work-in-progress to get the most positive experience and results.

Developing and growing a business: where to start?

Business and Management taster session with Dr Christine Rivers

Developing a business, either an existing or a new one, can be a rewarding challenge. But what are the fundamental elements one needs to consider? This session will explore the differences between vision and mission, vision and strategy, and vision and goals - and how understanding these can be used to grow a business. We will discuss theoretical concepts and their relevance for application in today’s world.

Tour of Madingley Hall Gardens

Enjoy a guided tour of Madingley Hall's beautiful landscaped gardens laid out by 'Capability' Brown in the 18th century, and supplemented with Edwardian and late 20th-century features. The Gardens contain a walled garden, a courtyard garden and a meadow, all possessing a rich diversity of plants.

13:30-14:15

The problem of evil

Philosophy taster session with Dr Karim Esmail

The existence of evil in the world provides the principal (philosophical) grounds to question God’s existence. It is said among other things that the existence of evil is inconsistent with God's existence. Is it? Well, we'll consider whether there is an inconsistency and we'll arrive at an answer.

Philosophy: puzzles and paradoxes

Philosophy taster session with Dr Alex Carter

In this introductory session you will be invited to engage with all manner of philosophical puzzles, paradoxes and problems. No prior understanding of philosophy is required. This is just for fun.

Preparing for part-time learning: getting yourself ready and an insight to good academic practice

Study skills session with Dr Tom Monie

The demands of jobs, families and modern-day life can make fitting learning into a busy schedule difficult. Don't be daunted. Come and hear how this balance can be achieved, how to get yourself ready for study, and how to make the most of your learning experience.

14:00-14:45

The three 'capitals' of adult education: Welcome to the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Information session with Dr James Gazzard

This talk will describe how ICE provides a welcoming and accessible gateway for part-time lifelong learners seeking to study personal enrichment and professional studies courses which draw from the world-class expertise of the University of Cambridge. 

Coaching for leadership development

Coaching taster session with Sally Bernham and Dr Gill Stevens

Coaching is becoming increasingly recognised as a valuable approach to learning and development in organisations. In this practical taster workshop, we will explore the potential value of coaching within leadership development. How can coaches contribute to a leader's development, both effectively and safely?

What do the Paddington films tell us about effective story telling?

Creative Writing taster session with Abigail Docherty

The website Rotten Tomatoes claims ‘Paddington 2’ is the best-reviewed film ever made. Why has the world taken Paddington Bear so much to heart, and what are the writing techniques the script-writers use to create such a powerful and moving story?

My story: inspirational learners

Current and past students

Hear inspiring stories from students who have begun or continued their learning journey at Cambridge. What's it really like? Can I do it? How can I prepare?

Tour of Madingley Hall in the Tudor period

Hall tour with Dr Frank Woodman

A tour of Madingley Hall investigating the original Tudor fabric, the possible room use and the remarkable hidden secrets including the wall paintings and the 'borrowed' roof. Note: this tour will involve some stair climbing.

14:30-15:15

Why can't we all play nicely?

International Relations taster session with Ian Shields

The world in which we live seems to be becoming ever more complex. Trying to understand how and why the world functions at the level of international politics has never been so necessary, or so interesting. This taster session seeks to explore some of the world's contemporary issues, from the role of the UN to globalisation; from the power of the media to the decline of conventional war.

Advanced Diploma: a potential pathway to postgraduate study

Information session with Dr Alex Carter

This year ICE will be offering an all new Advanced Diploma course designed to allow students with some undergraduate experience to conduct a research project of their choice. Those wishing to conduct postgraduate level research may be able to use the Advanced Diploma as a stepping stone.

15:00-15:45

Meet the world without leaving Cambridge: discover our International Summer Programmes

Information session with Sarah Ormrod

Every July and August, over 100 people from the UK join adults (of all ages) from over 60 countries, in our vibrant learning community. 200 courses across 10 programmes offer the option of 1-6 weeks of study. You can be non-resident, or stay in one of five historic Cambridge Colleges. Come and find out more!

Doubt, neurosis and transgressive desire: an introduction to Film Noir

Film Studies taster session with Dr Loreta Gandolfi

What is Film Noir? In this presentation we will look at the socio-historical context out of which it was born; its literary inspirations; the evolution over the years of its thematic preoccupations narrative strategies and visual style, as well as its roots in European artistic movements.

Why good business writing pays dividends

Creative Writing taster session with Midge Gillies

We may not all be enthralled by long-term liabilities, R&D spend and intangible assets, but concise and clear writing is vital to successful business. Whatever your job, this fun and friendly workshop will help you to communicate better with your colleagues, customers and suppliers.

Can archaeologists excavate Nazis?

Archaeology taster session with Dr Gilly Carr

Archaeologists often surprise members of the public by revealing that they can excavate the recent as well as the very distant past. This lecture explores what happens when Gilly Carr excavated a Nazi camp in the Channel Islands. What did she find that revealed the Nazis had been there?

Tour of Madingley Hall

Now home to the Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall has functioned at various times as a hunting lodge, a family home and a royal residence. Discover the fascinating past (and present!) of this 16th-century mansion, in this informative guided tour.

15:30-16:15

Making sense: an introduction to close reading

English Literature taster session with Dr Jenny Bavidge

Come along and practise your skills of literary analysis on a range of examples from the sweetly simple to the fiendishly difficult. No previous experience required!

Philosophy: does God exist?

Philosophy taster session with Dr Alex Carter

It is tempting to think that the above question demands a simple, ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. Whilst I do not dispute this, I will outline a refreshing alternative. A Q&A session will follow.

Using LEGO to explore your employability

Employability session with Dr Geraint Wyn Story

No two people have the same needs or perception of employability. This session will demonstrate how working with LEGO bricks can maximize diversity of thinking and get everyone’s perspectives on the table. Building stories and metaphors about intangible topics like employability will help you think, communicate and solve problems.

Event date

Saturday, 17 March, 2018 - 09:30

Venue

Madingley Hall
Madingley
Cambridge
CB23 8AQ

How to get there

Visitor parking is at the nearby Cambridge American Cemetery (CB23 7PH), and access is via the Cemetery's main entrance on the A1303 Madingley Road. Please follow the ICE Open Day signs, passing the main parking bays before turning left, and follow the road into the dedicated parking area. From here there will be a shuttle bus service running to and from Madingley Hall throughout the day.

Note that the carpark will not be open before 09:00. Please ensure you arrive at least 30 minutes before the first session you plan to attend.

Disabled parking is available at Madingley Hall (CB23 8AQ) itself. If you require a disabled parking space, please let us know when you make your booking.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, note that the Citi 4 bus service stops near Madingley Mulch, a 10-15 minute walk away from the Hall.

There is a designated parking area for cyclists situated at the front of the Hall.

Food and drink

Complimentary tea and coffee provided. Barista coffee, snacks and light lunches available to purchase.

Contact us

Got a question or a request about the Open Day? Tweet using #ICEOpenDay or email us at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk.