Thursday, 26 November 2015 09:52

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"Have you been offended?" Holocaust memory in the Channel Islands at HMD 70

Article by Dr Gilly Carr, in Holocaust Studies: a journal of culture and history.


Published online October 2015

The Channel Islands have experienced great difficulty in coming to terms with the Holocaust given the implication of the local authorities in the registration of the islands’ Jewish population during the German occupation. While the situation in Jersey began to change in the 1990s due to the actions of the island's leadership, the issue is still taboo in Guernsey today. Taking a historical approach, this article addresses the power of that taboo at the time of Holocaust Memorial Day 2015, proposing the concept of the “incremental memory event” as a way of understanding the differences in memory in both islands.

You can read the full article – on the Taylor and Francis Group website.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015 11:13

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Tell us your views: proposed Certificate course in human evolution

Here at the Institute of Continuing Education we are considering developing a new one-year, part-time University of Cambridge Certificate course focusing on the history of human evolution.

We would very much welcome your views on the proposed course, and invite you to complete a short survey to help inform the design process.

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About the proposed course

The proposed course would follow the human story from its early hominin origins in prehistory to present day modern humans. It would draw on evidence from several sources, including paleoarchaeology, anthropology and primatology. Students would learn about the key transitions and controversies in human evolution, and how our evolutionary past influences our current behaviour and the nature of family, culture and society.

The Certificate course would be open access, i.e. no special qualifications would be needed to apply beyond an interest in the subject and a willingness to commit to the course.

It would be taught at first-year undergraduate level and would give 60 credits at FHEQ level 4 on successful completion of the course. (For reference, one year of a full-time undergraduate degree is typically equivalent to 120 credits.)

About the survey

The survey consists of nine questions and will only take you a few minutes to complete.

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Many thanks in advance for your help.


Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:54


ICE archaeologist Gilly Carr discovers grave of Nazi victim in BBC investigation

ICE archaeologist Dr Gilly Carr has discovered the grave of a long-lost Nazi victim as part of a BBC Inside Out investigation.

Sidney Ashcroft was deported from Nazi-controlled Guernsey for stealing food and punching a German soldier in an attempt to protect his mother.

Sidney was one of the 'Guernsey Eight' - a group of islanders who were deported to different Nazi prisons and concentration camps for various defiant acts against the occupying Germans in the Channel Islands during WWII.

Dr Carr has spent years researching the lives of deported Channel Islanders and has retraced Sidney's final steps. Accompanied by his cousin, who she tracked down, she discovered Sidney's resting place in a mass grave in the cemetery of St Michael in Straubing, where Sidney's body had been dumped after his death from tuberculosis in Straubing prison in Germany. Dr Carr and Sidney's cousin, Chris Roberts, were able to lay a plaque in the place of the mass grave so that Sidney's final resting place could be remembered.

The people of Straubing have since planted flowers around the plaque and a local priest has blessed the burial place.

The poignant story was captured for the BBC's Inside Out programme, broadcast on BBC One on Monday 2 November 2015.

Nazi victim Sidney Ashcroft's grave found after 70 years - read the full story on the BBC website

BBC Inside Out 02/11/2015 - watch the programme on BBC iPlayer


Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:17

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The Ely Coucher book, 1249-50. The Bishop of Ely's Manors in the Cambridgeshire Fenland

Book edited by Dr Susan Oosthuizen and Dr Frances Willmoth, Cambridgeshire Records Society. 280pp. 246x190mm. 26 colour illustrations; 1 map.

ISBN: 978-0-904323-24-2

Published October 2015

The Ely Coucher Book is one of the great unpublished manuscript sources for the high middle ages and is of national importance. It was drawn up for the Bishop of Ely in 1249-50 to record information for each of his manors about his ‘churches, demesnes, meadows, pastures, woods, marshes and fisheries’, and provides an exceptionally detailed record of his manorial holding. Together they provide an unparalleled description of one of the most important episcopal estates in medieval England, allowing the reader the opportunity to step into the undrained medieval fenland landscape and to move among its inhabitants through its villages, their fields and fisheries.

The Coucher Book thus offers a first-hand account of the enormous, cohesive area that makes up the peat and silt fens of Cambridgeshire, including large tracts of the Isle of Ely. Because the same questions were asked on each manor, and the work of recording undertaken by a centrally co-ordinated team working within a consistent framework and over a relatively brief period of time, the results allow the aggregation and comparison of data on a wide range of issues of current historical concern: medieval population size and social structure, for example, or the management of the environment.

This translation of the returns for all seventeen of the bishop’s Cambridgeshire manors was made by Professor Edward Miller, author of the classic account of the Ely manors, but had yet to be made ready for publication at the time of his death in 2000. That essential editorial work has been undertaken by Dr Frances Willmoth and Dr Susan Oosthuizen, who have also chosen the evocative images which complement the description of each manor.



Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:08

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Dr Susan Oosthuizen elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Dr Susan Oosthuizen, Reader in Medieval Archaeology and ICE's Academic Director for Historic Environment, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (RHS).

Since it was founded in 1868 the RHS has become the foremost society in the UK working with professional historians and advancing the scholarly study of the past. It is a learned society with charitable status that is increasingly at the forefront of policy debates about the study of history. It works closely with the Historical Association, the body that leads on history in schools, the Institute of Historical Research, a central hub for the provision of research resources, and History UK (HE), a council of representatives of UK university history department.

Fellowships are awarded to those who have made "an original contribution to historical scholarship", normally through the authorship of a monograph, a body of scholarly work similar in scale and impact to a monograph, or the organisation of exhibitions, conferences, the editing of journals and other works of diffusion and dissemination grounded in historical scholarship.

Susan is delighted to have been elected to a Fellowship of the RHS. "It is not only a personal honour", she says, "but one that recognises the contribution to world-class scholarship in history and archaeology by academics and students across the wider higher education context of lifelong learning."

Further information

Dr Susan Oosthuizen's profile

Royal Historical Society website

Historic Environment courses at ICE


Monday, 05 October 2015 14:59

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The link between accretion mode and environment in radio-loud active galaxies

Article by J. Ineson, J.H. Croston, M.J. Hardcastle, R.P. Kraft, D.A. Evans and M. Jarvis, in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 453, 2883.


Published September 2015.

The interactions between radio-loud AGN and their environments play an important rôle in galaxy and cluster evolution. Recent work has demonstrated fundamental differences between high- and low-excitation radio galaxies (HERGs and LERGs), and shown that they may have different relationships with their environments. In the Chandra Large Project ERA (Environments of Radio-loud AGN), we made the first systematic X-ray environmental study of the cluster environments of radio galaxies at a single epoch (z ∼ 0.5), and found tentative evidence for a correlation between radio luminosity and cluster X-ray luminosity. We also found that this relationship appeared to be driven by the LERG subpopulation. We have now repeated the analysis with a low-redshift sample (z ∼ 0.1), and found strong correlations between radio luminosity and environment richness and between radio luminosity and central density for the LERGs but not for the HERGs. These results are consistent with models in which the HERGs are fuelled from accretion discs maintained from local reservoirs of gas, while LERGs are fuelled more directly by gas ingested from the intracluster medium. Comparing the samples, we found that although the maximum environment richness of the HERG environments is similar in both samples, there are poorer HERG environments in the z ∼ 0.1 sample than in the z ∼ 0.5 sample. We have therefore tentative evidence of evolution of the HERG environments. We found no differences between the LERG subsamples for the two epochs, as would be expected if radio and cluster luminosities are related.

Read the whole article


Friday, 04 September 2015 10:49

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Dr Gilly Carr awarded German grant for her work with victims of Nazi persecution

Dr Gilly Carr, University Senior Lecturer and Academic Director in Archaeology at ICE, has been awarded 50,000 Euros by the EVZ Foundation for her research on Channel Islander victims of Nazi persecution. The EVZ Foundation (Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zunkuft – Remembrance, Responsibility, Future) was set up to support projects on victims of Nazism.

Although the funding will cover Gilly’s research expenses and outreach activities for three years, and will pay for research assistants in Jersey, Guernsey and Berlin, the funding that Gilly has received will primarily be used to build a sophisticated website on which will be uploaded the testimonies written by islanders in the 1960s to get compensation from the German government.

These islanders had been sent to Nazi prisons and concentration camps for acts of resistance against the German occupying forces in the Channel Islands between 1940 and 1945. They represent a key group of British citizens who experienced these institutions and have been largely forgotten outside the Channel Islands.

Gilly has collected around 100 testimonies out of the c.250 islanders deported to prisons and camps, and will supplement these records with public and private archival and family documents from Jersey, Guernsey, the UK and across Germany. These will be cross-referenced with camp and prison records, maps and photographs to build up an online picture of the experience of islanders in their journeys across Europe as they were moved between prisons and camps, often in chains or in cattle trucks.

This project, which will take three years, will be supplemented by a book. Gilly has a contract with Bloomsbury Academic to write Testimonies of Nazi Persecution from the Channel Islands: A Legitimate Heritage? This book will build upon an earlier monograph, published in 2014, entitled Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands, which was co-authored by Paul Sanders and Louise Willmot.

Over the last few years, Gilly has carried out much heritage and memory-related work in the Channel Islands with victim groups of Nazi persecution, such as excavating a forced labour camp; giving public lectures on Holocaust Memorial Day; curating exhibitions on those deported from the islands to civilian internment camps; and designing a Resistance Trail. She has also campaigned for memorials to be erected to people who died in Nazi prisons and camps.

Gilly is extremely excited to have received this funding and is looking forward to continuing her research in this field and raising awareness about the plight of these Channel Islanders, to make sure that their experience is integrated into what is known of British experiences of the Holocaust.

View Dr Gilly Carr’s profile

Find out more about Archaeology courses at ICE


Wednesday, 19 August 2015 10:54

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Rebecca Lingwood appointed Vice-Principal at Queen Mary University of London

Dr Rebecca Lingwood is set to leave ICE in September after six years as Director of Continuing Education, to take up a prestigious new post as Vice-Principal for Student Experience, Teaching and Learning at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Rebecca will be responsible for supporting and developing the educational provision at QMUL and will also contribute more broadly to the academic leadership of the university. In addition, she will take up an academic post in QMUL's School of Engineering and Materials Science, where she will hold the title of Professor of Fluid Dynamics.

A new Director of Continuing Education here at ICE will be in post in early 2016 and Professor Sir Mike Gregory, retiring Head of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing, will serve as Acting Head of ICE in the interim.

In keeping with ICE tradition, a portrait of Dr Lingwood (pictured), painted by local artist Heloise Toop, will hang in Madingley Hall to commemorate her time here.

We would like to offer our sincere thanks to Rebecca for her inspirational and dynamic leadership, and wish her all the best in her exciting new role!


Monday, 20 July 2015 10:30

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Investigation of the Global Instability of the Rotating-Disk Boundary Layer

Article by R. J. Lingwood, E. Appelquist, P Schlatter, and P. H. Alfredsson, in Procedia IUTAM, vol. 14, pp. 321-328 (2015)


Published 2 July 2015.

The development of the flow over a rotating disk is investigated by direct numerical simulations using both the linearized and fully nonlinear incompressible Navier–Stokes equations. These simulations allow investigation of the transition to turbulence of the realistic spatially-developing boundary layer. The current research aims to elucidate further the global linear stability properties of the flow, and relate these to local analysis and discussions in literature. An investigation of the nonlinear upstream (inward) influence is conducted by simulating a small azimuthal section of the disk (1/68). The simulations are initially perturbed by an impulse disturbance where, after the initial transient behaviour, both the linear and nonlinear simulations show a temporally growing upstream mode. This upstream global mode originates in the linear case close to the end of the domain, excited by an absolute instability at this downstream position. In the nonlinear case, it instead originates where the linear region ends and nonlinear harmonics enter the flow field, also where an absolute instability can be found. This upstream global mode can be shown to match a theoretical mode from local linear theory involved in the absolute instability at either the end of the domain (linear case) or where nonlinear harmonics enter the field (nonlinear case). The linear simulation grows continuously in time whereas the nonlinear simulation saturates and the transition to turbulence moves slowly upstream towards smaller radial positions asymptotically approaching a global upstream mode with zero temporal growth rate, which is estimated at a nondimensional radius of 582.

Read the whole article


Friday, 17 July 2015 10:26

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New short courses for 2015-16

Our new short courses for the period August 2015 to July 2016 are now available for booking. These will take place at Madingley Hall and include weekends, weekly classes and day schools.

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

New subjects for 2015-16

We are delighted to be able to offer a number of new subjects in 2015/16, including coaching, IT and computing and beginners' Portuguese.

We are also extending our weekly and day school programmes, in response to student feedback, so that they run throughout the year. Look out in particular for our new weekly courses starting in October 2015.

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, 140 KB) or use the detachable form in the printed brochure.

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 three miles to the west of Cambridge with state-of-the-art tuition and study facilities. The Hall is easily accessible by road with ample free parking, and is situated in seven acres of landscaped gardens.

Weekend courses run from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime, and include meals from our award-winning kitchen. You can choose to stay at the Hall in comfortable, en-suite accommodation for the duration of your course, 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" (2014 weekend student)

"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." (2014 weekend student)

"The menus have been varied, well-presented and beautifully prepared. Study bedrooms are clean and well-maintained in a beautiful setting." (2014 weekend student)

"The course has been extremely enjoyable. Activities enabled us to bond as a group and created an excellent learning environment." (2014 weekend student)

"I think that I can now start writing in earnest." (2013 weekly student)

"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." (2013 weekly student)

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