Friday, 14 October 2016 08:35

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A culturally constructed darkness: Dark legacies and dark heritage in the Channel Islands

Chapter by Dr Gilly Carr in G. Hooper and J.J. Lennon (eds), Dark Tourism: Practice and Interpretation. Routledge: Abingdon and New York, 96-107 (2016).

Dark Tourism, as well as other terms such as Thanatourism and Grief Tourism, has been much discussed in the past two decades. This volume provides a comprehensive exploration of the subject from the point of view of both practice - how Dark Tourism is performed, what practical and physical considerations exist on site - and interpretation - how Dark Tourism is understood, including issues pertaining to ethics, community involvement and motivation. It showcases a wide range of examples, drawing on the expertise of academics with management and consultancy experience, as well as those from within the social sciences and humanities. Contributors discuss the historical development of Dark Tourism, including its earlier incarnations across Europe, but they also consider its future as a strand within academic discourse, as well as its role within tourism development. Case studies include holocaust sites in Germany, as well as analysis of the legacy of war in places such as the Channel Islands and Malta. Ethical and myriad marketing considerations are also discussed in relation to Ireland, Brazil, Rwanda, Romania, U.K., Nepal and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

You can find out more information about the book on the Routledge website


Thursday, 06 October 2016 13:57

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Leading political figures to give public lectures at Madingley Hall

We are delighted to announce the Madingley Conversations, a new series of public lectures given by leading political figures - including Sir Simon Hughes, Baroness Smith of Newnham and Gordon Marsden MP.

The inaugural series of talks will take as its theme 'The Future of Lifelong Learning'.

Booking is advised, as places are limited. Each lecture will be followed by a buffet reception where you can meet the speaker and chat with other members of the audience.

Tickets: Free (lecture only) / £10 (lecture + reception).

About the speakers

Sir Simon Hughes

Thursday 3 November 2016, 7.00pm, Madingley Hall
Simon Hughes is Head of Public Affairs at The Open University. A graduate of Selwyn College, Cambridge, he was Member of Parliament for Bermondsey and Old Southwark from 1983 to 2015, serving as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2010 to 2014. Book now »

Baroness Smith of Newnham

Thursday 10 November 2016, 7.00pm, Madingley Hall
Julie Smith is a Liberal Democrat politician and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge. From 2003 to 2015, she was a local councillor on Cambridge City Council. Since September 2014, she has been a life peer and a member of the House of Lords. Book now »

Gordon Marsden MP

Thursday 24 November 2016, 7.00pm, Madingley Hall
Gordon Marsden is a Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Blackpool South since 1997. He is currently Shadow Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Skills. Book now »

Further speakers will be announced in due course.

About the Madingley Conversations

The Madingley Conversations take place at Madingley Hall, home of the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). ICE is a pioneering centre for personal enrichment and professional development continuing education.

Directions to Madingley Hall

If you have any questions about these events, please contact




Friday, 19 August 2016 15:21

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Madingley Hall to celebrate Capability Brown's legacy for Open Cambridge weekend

We are holding a series of events on 9 September 2016 to celebrate Capability Brown's Tercentenary and the landscape he designed here at Madingley Hall. The events form part of the annual Open Cambridge weekend, which offers local residents free access to many of Cambridge's treasures.

A walk around Madingley Hall's Capability Brown landscape and gardens

Friday 9 September 2016, 2.00pm – 7.00pm

A rare opportunity to view the Hall from the easternmost perspective of this designed landscape. The 'Historic Gardener' will be acting the part of ‘Capability’ and presenting a display of Georgian Gardening. There will be an introductory talk by a member of the Madingley Hall garden team at 2.30, 3.30 and 4.30pm.

This is a drop-in event for all ages, and booking is not required.

Why not enjoy a light afternoon tea at a special 'Open Cambridge' rate of £5? Please book in advance for afternoon tea at

Capability Brown: managing his legacy at Madingley Hall

Friday 9 September 2016, 7.00pm – 10.00pm

The surveyors, woodland advisers, ecologists and gardeners caring for Madingley Hall discuss the life and work of Capability Brown and the management of his landscape today. Presented with Lockhart Garratt.

Book your place now - booking is required



About the Capability Brown Tercentenary

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, one of the most influential landscape architects in English garden history. Madingley Hall is the only significant Brown landscape in the University of Cambridge's estate, and we are holding a number of events through the year in celebration of his life and work.

About Open Cambridge

For one special weekend in September, Cambridge unlocks its secrets and welcomes everyone to share in its rich heritage and culture. Throughout the weekend, a variety of talks, walks, tours and exhibitions highlight aspects of the city's history as well as gardens, trails, art and architecture. Part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, Open Cambridge offers local residents free access to many of Cambridge's treasures. The 2016 Open Cambridge weekend takes place from 9 to 11 September.


Thursday, 18 August 2016 12:51

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Postgraduate Open Day on 2 November - find out about part-time study

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting the first Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

This unique event is organised by the Graduate Admissions Office in conjunction with the University's Departments and the Colleges. The day is open to everyone who is considering applying for graduate study.

The Institute of Continuing Education will be represented and you will have the opportunity to meet with academics, administrators and students to discuss options for part-time postgraduate study.

On the day, there will be hubs at multiple University sites, including West Cambridge, Sidgwick, Addenbrookes and Trumpington Street where you will be able to find information on funding, accommodation, disability resources and much more.

Find out more and book your place »

We look forward to meeting you on the day. If you have any questions please contact the Postgraduate Open Day Team:


Monday, 15 August 2016 10:14

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Army Wives: a new book by Midge Gillies

Midge Gillies, Academic Director of Creative Writing at ICE, has written a new book which documents the experience of British 'army wives' through history.

From Crimea to life under the British Raj, from the First World War to Afghanistan, Midge uses first-hand accounts, letters and diaries to tell the fascinating and varied stories of the women who lived through these life-changing events.

Army Wives (Aurum Press, 2016) explores all aspects of army life: from the impact life-changing injury – mental or physical – has on the family to the final blow of death itself; from the séances, public memorials and deaths in a foreign field of the Great War to the modern media coverage of flag-draped coffins returning home by military plane.

Midge goes on to examine the struggle for a normal life: how wives communicate with their husbands in letters and coded messages or by Skype and texts – and the everyday pressures of being a modern army wife, whether living in barracks or trying to maintain a normal home life outside ‘the patch’.

Above all, Army Wives examines what it really means to be part of the ‘army family’.

About the author

Midge Gillies has written six books including highly acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, and Edwardian music hall star, Marie Lloyd. In Waiting for Hitler, Britain on the Brink of Invasion she recreated the tension and fear that permeated the summer of 1940. She studied History at Cambridge and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Independent and the Los Angeles Times.

She is Academic Director of Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, and teaches on a wide range of programmes, including the Certificate and Diploma courses in Creative Writing.


Monday, 08 August 2016 08:25

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New short courses for 2016-17

Our new short courses for the period August 2016 to July 2017 are now available for booking. These will take place at Madingley Hall and include weekend and two-day courses, weekly classes and day schools.

To find out what's on offer, you can either:

New courses for 2016-17

We are delighted to announce a number of new courses for 2016/17, particularly in the popular fields of creative writing and psychology.

We are also offering, for the first time, a small number of two-day courses, which will run from Sunday lunchtime to Monday afternoon.

How to book your place on a short course

You can book your place in one of three ways:

Book online – simply find the course you wish to study and follow the link to 'Book online now'.

Book by postdownload an application form (PDF, 123 KB) or use the detachable form in the printed prospectus.

Book by phone – call our Admissions team on +44 (0)1223 746262.

About our short courses

Our short courses are taught in small, informal groups by academics who are expert not only in their subjects but also in teaching students of all ages and experience.

Nearly all take place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century manor house four miles to the west of Cambridge with excellent tuition and study facilities. The Hall is easily accessible by road with ample free parking, and is situated in eight acres of landscaped gardens.

Weekend courses typically last from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, while two-day courses run from Sunday lunchtime to Monday afternoon. Both include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at Madingley Hall in our comfortable en-suite accommodation, or attend as a non-resident.

Weekly courses typically last for five weeks, with one two-hour session every week. All are supported by our virtual learning environment (VLE), allowing you to download course material, contact your tutor and talk to fellow students via the web at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

Day schools are designed to provide an insight into the various academic disciplines taught at Madingley Hall. If you’re thinking of applying for a Certificate course, or are simply interested in exploring a new subject area, then a day school could be for you.

What our students say

"The quality of teaching and supporting materials has exceeded my hopes. The teaching has been flexible and responsive to the interests of the group, but always with the prepared lecture in sight. I've completely enjoyed every aspect of my first experience at Madingley"

"I feel very much better informed and will review my materials over time. I loved the sharing with others and the incidental information, tips and practical advice as well."

"The menus have been varied, well-presented and beautifully prepared. Study bedrooms are clean and well-maintained in a beautiful setting."

"The course has been extremely enjoyable. Activities enabled us to bond as a group and created an excellent learning environment."

"I think that I can now start writing in earnest."

"Excellent, interactive teaching style, tutor willing to listen to comments constructively ... I have gained interest and information and a feeling of being back in the academic world. I go home feeling very upbeat."

Browse the courses online and book your place »


Thursday, 14 July 2016 14:33

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Beyond hierarchy: Archaeology, common rights and social identity

Journal article by Dr Susan Oosthuizen in World Archaeology 48.

DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2016.1180261

Published online 6 July 2016

It is an archaeological commonplace that grazing across extensive pastures in many periods was shared, often over extended lengths of time, by kin-based communities who met there seasonally in large groups.

Such explanations are richly implicit with models of social relations – there were large communities, they were made up of one or more kin groups, they shared pasture, and they had regular assemblies. How did that general framework of social structure and social relations work in practice, particularly at the level of the individual landholding?

This paper explores the practical implications of a property rights approach to those questions, briefly illustrated in indicative examples drawn from the English fenlands across the longue durée. Its central contention is that the mutualities implied in the equitable, ‘horizontal’ governance of shared resources complemented and enriched ‘vertical’ hierarchies of power and status in complex societies of which they were both part.

You can download the whole journal article on the Taylor and Francis Group website.



Thursday, 14 July 2016 13:34

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Taboo and sensitive heritage: labour camps, burials and the role of activism in the Channel Islands

Journal article by Dr Gilly Carr and Caroline Sturdy Colls (2016) in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, 22(9)

DOI: 10.1080/13527258.2016.1191524

In this article we propose the concept of taboo heritage as a way to describe a legacy of war so sensitive that it never undergoes heritage creation. Attempts at creation, such as heritage listing, renovation or excavation, are blocked by local authorities. We also examine the transition from taboo heritage to sensitive heritage, the next step along the ‘heritage continuum’, which we propose can only occur through the combined efforts of the passage of time, the role of activists and official authorisation. We take as our case study two of the British Channel Islands of Jersey and Alderney, occupied by German forces from 1940 to 1945. Labour camps were built in both islands, where the dead were also buried locally. We explore how the existing legacy of these events is still taboo heritage in Alderney, but has achieved partial progress in the transition to sensitive heritage in Jersey.

Download the full article on the Taylor & Francis Group website.


Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:03

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2016 Queen’s Young Leaders visit ICE

We are delighted to welcome the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders to Madingley Hall this week. The Young Leaders are here to take part in a series of workshops, organised by ICE, to help them develop their management and leadership skills.

Over a packed week, Queen’s Young Leaders will visit global corporations, the sights, shops and museums of London – and Buckingham Palace for a reception with Her Majesty the Queen. In the midst of all this, they are spending two days in Cambridge to think, network, be inspired and learn.

This year’s Queen’s Young Leaders, who are aged between 18 and 29 and come from all over the Commonwealth, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality.

The 2016 Leaders will be welcomed and supported by Alumni from the 2015 group during their stay in Cambridge, including:

  • Alicia Wallace, women’s rights activist, public educator and grassroots organiser from the Bahamas
  • Nicole Brown, CEO of Robogals Global – an international non-profit organisation that promotes engineering as a career for women – from Australia
  • Shamir Shehab, a social entrepreneur, environmental activist, and policy advocate, from Bangladesh
  • Edmund Page, CEO and founder of the Xavier Project, an NGO working with refugees in Kenya and Uganda
  • Jerome Cowans from Jamaica who is known for his work in youth leadership and youth development
  • Tabby Besley, founder and co-ordinator of InsideOUT, a national youth charity in New Zealand
  • Nkechikwu Azinge, founder of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) in Nigeria
  • Jordan Kerr, Director of the National Youth Council of Australia.

For updates, photographs and the latest news on #QueensYoungLeaders at Madingley, visit the Leading Change Facebook page or catch them on Twitter @LeadingChangeUC.


Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:42

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Dr Gilly Carr wins Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award

ICE archaeologist Dr Gilly Carr has won the 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Impact Award for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, for her work on 'Victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage?'.

These prestigious awards have been established to recognise and reward those whose research has led to excellent impact in the world beyond academia.

The aim of Gilly's research has been to increase awareness of Channel Islander victims of Nazi persecution both locally (in the Channel Islands) and nationally. She is achieving this through the creation of a plural 'heritage landscape' in the Channel Islands, to facilitate the voice of this group, and via education. She is working with the Holocaust Education Trust to create educational materials for the UK and Channel Islands, and will also be curating exhibitions in London. The creation of the heritage itself is a major achievement and will be of significant impact for the Channel Islands.

Gilly has recently filmed two BBC documentaries on her work. Her application earlier this year was successful for Jersey woman Dorothea Le Brocq to be recognised as 'Righteous Among the Nations' by Yad Vashem for sheltering a Jewish woman. Gilly's exhibition on Channel Islander victims of Nazism will be coming to London, to the Wiener Library for the study of the Holocaust and Genocide, in 2017.

Speaking after the awards ceremony, Gilly said: "I am really pleased to win this award for my work on victims of Nazism. I am passionate about getting their story more widely known and it is nice to feel that one's hard work has been appreciated."


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