Events

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 12:51

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Report highlights biodiversity of Madingley Hall gardens

Cambridge BioBlitz 2014 was held on 28 June in the grounds of Madingley Hall, home of the Institute of Continuing Education. The results are now in, with the event recording over 380 species of plants and animals!

Read the full report on BioBlitz 2014 (PDF, 202 KB)

Ed Turner, Teaching Officer in Biological Sciences at the Institute of Continuing Education, said: "This amazing number of species demonstrates how much hidden biodiversity can be found in the UK countryside. This is only a snap-shot of the total number of species that are probably in the area around Madingley. I think this result shows how much there is to be excited about wildlife in the UK and I hope the event will encourage more people to learn about local natural history."

Roz Wade, Education and Outreach Officer at the Museum of Zoology, said: "Despite the patchy weather, the event was well-attended by members of the public and experts, with almost 300 people coming to help along to help! This event really shows how much can be achieved in a short space of time when an enthusiastic team of people are involved. The next Cambridge BioBlitz event will be held at the Botanic Garden on the 12 June 2015 and more details will posted soon on the University Museum of Zoology website. We hope to see you there!"

The event was coordinated by the University Museum of Zoology, the Institute of Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge Public Engagement team.

Find out more about BioBlitz 2014

   

Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 2 April 2015

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 2 April 2015, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature more than 50 free events running throughout the day.

  • Talks and taster sessions with top University experts
  • Special offers on selected courses if you enrol on the day
  • Tours of the historic Hall and Gardens
  • Family-friendly activities, including a nature trail
  • Accommodation available at the Hall

View the Open Day programme and book your place today to attend a talk or tour.

What our 2014 visitors said about the event

On 17 April 2014 we welcomed more than 600 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"The whole day was extremely well organised and most enjoyable"

"A variety of stimulating talks by enthusiastic and knowledgeable speakers"

"Very helpful staff"

"Talks by enthusiastic experts in beautiful surroundings"

"Delicious hot lunch!"

"A very pleasant, enjoyable and informative day."

View a selection of photos from the 2014 event

Contact us

If you have any questions about the day, please email us at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 746222.

 

   

Monday, 20 October 2014 14:52

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will be once again taking part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas with a programme of events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 2 November 2014.

Events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 2 November

All events are free to attend. Follow the links below to find out more and book your place...

Wordplay (Creative writing workshop, all ages)

Multiple identities: the role of diasporas in international development (Talk, ages 15+)

Slippery selves: the work of Hilary Mantel (Talk, ages 15+)

The Georgian child support agency: unmarried mothers, fathers and gendered identities (Talk, ages 15+)

Supping with the devil at Madingley Hall: identity, heresy and witchcraft in 17th-century Cambridge (Talk, ages 12+)

About the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences and has been running for six years. It is the only free festival of its kind in the UK, and attracted 18,000 visitors in 2013.

The 2014 Festival runs from 20 October to 2 November and will feature over 250 events - most of them free - including talks, exhibitions, cinema screenings, debates, immersive performances, participatory workshops and concerts.

Find out more about the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

 

   

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 10:00

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Join us for BioBlitz Cambridge 2014 on 27–28 June

From 5pm on Friday 27 June, join experts and volunteers as they race against time to find as many species as possible in 24 hours in the beautiful grounds of Madingley Hall.

This is the fifth annual Cambridge BioBlitz coordinated by the Museum of Zoology and University of Cambridge Public Engagement Team, and this year working in partnership with the Institute of Continuing Education. The aim is to document the array of plants and animals that can be found in this magnificent site, from the largest trees down to tiny snails and insects, and to give lots of opportunities for people to discover the fascinating wildlife on their doorstep.

This event is open to everyone and all activities are free. No previous knowledge of natural history is needed – there are experts to introduce you to some of the UK’s fantastic wildlife and guide you through how to record it. There are lots of hands-on activities, such as moth trapping, early morning bird walks, minibeast hunts and pond dipping.

Bioblitz Cambridge 2014 starts at 5pm on Friday and runs through the night, finishing at 5pm on Saturday. Most of the activities will be taking place from 10am – 5pm on Saturday 28 June. All late night and early morning activities need to be booked in advance, and booking is advisable for other activities.

View the programme and book your place

Contact the event organiser for more details: umzc@zoo.cam.ac.uk

   

Monday, 03 March 2014 15:27

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 17 April 2014

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 17 April 2014, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature more than 50 free events running throughout the day.

  • Top University experts speaking on their specialist subjects
  • Taster sessions so you can find out what it’s like to study with us
  • Tours of the historic Hall and Gardens
  • Family-friendly activities, including a nature trail
  • Food and refreshments from our award-winning kitchen

View the Open Day programme and book your place today to attend a talk or tour.

What our 2013 visitors said about the event

On 2 April 2013 we welcomed more than 500 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"Excellent – I will recommend."

"I enjoyed the opportunity to hear what leading academics are working on in an open and friendly environment."

"The lectures were an excellent opportunity for interaction and participation."

"Plenty of options to choose from throughout the day. Tour of the Hall and refreshments were the highlight."

"The staff are very welcoming and well-informed."

"Sumptuous building and gardens; helpful, courteous staff; interesting lectures."

"Amazing talks and great structure!"

"I have seen the Hall from the road on many occasions and looked at courses online. The opportunity to attend the open day has motivated me to now book a course."

View a selection of photos from the 2013 event

Contact us

If you have any questions about the day, please email us at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 746222.

 

   

Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:30

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Madingley Concerts in 2014

We are pleased to announce our new programme of Madingley Concerts for 2014.

These free public concerts are performed by leading University musicians, and are designed to showcase new student work alongside more traditional repertoire.

2014 concert programme

23 February 2014, 2.30pm: Alexander Simpson (countertenor), Kieran Brunt (tenor) and Tim Watts (piano) perform music by Britten (Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac, Op.51) and others.

2 March 2014, 2.30pm: The Arbury Trio return to Madingley Hall, following their highly successful Tchaikovsky concert in 2013, to perform Beethoven's 'Ghost' Trio (Op.70) and a new work by Joy Lisney.

6 April 2014, 2.30pm: Leading composer, performer and teacher Jeffery Wilson (saxophone) joins Madingley favourite Tim Watts (piano). Programme to be confirmed.

29 June 2014, 2.30pm: Aleksandr Rodzianko (piano) performs music by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov.

Book your place now


About the concerts

Concerts take place at Madingley Hall near Cambridge.

View directions to Madingley Hall

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact Lisa Hitch on lh236@ice.cam.ac.uk or +44 (0)1223 746212.

Find out about previous Madingley Concerts - and listen to recordings of world premiere performances.

   

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

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Cambridge Science Festival 2014

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will be once again taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival with a programme of events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 16 March 2014.

Events at Madingley Hall on Sunday 16 March

All events are free to attend unless otherwise indicated. Follow the links below to find out more and book your place...

Meet the little things that run the world (Talk, all ages)

Roman science fiction: structuring imagined worlds (Talk, all ages)

It's simpler with symmetry (Talk, ages 8+)

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis (Hands-on activity, ages 8+)

The mystery of the horrible hypothesis: murder mystery dinner (Hands-on activity + dinner, ages 12+, cost £35)

About the Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival is co-ordinated by the Public Engagement team at the University of Cambridge. It is the largest free science festival in the UK, with over 30,000 people attending events in the 2013 Festival.

The 2014 Festival will run from 10 to 23 March and will feature over 200 mostly free events for all ages exploring subjects from astronomy to zoology, with hands-on experiments and talks from leading scientists.

Find out more about the Cambridge Science Festival

 

   

Friday, 15 March 2013 11:38

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Open Day at Madingley Hall: join us on 2 April for a day of free events!

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall offers hundreds of courses for the public, from weekend short courses to part-time Master's degrees.

Join us for our Open Day on 2 April 2013, where you can enjoy more than 35 free events:

  • Top University experts speaking on their specialist subjects
  • Taster sessions so you can find out what it's like to study with us
  • Tours of the historic 16-century Hall and Gardens
  • Family-friendly activities, including a Nature Trail
  • Food and refreshments throughout the day

View the Open Day programme and book your place today to attend a talk or tour.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the day, please email us at enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1223 746421.

   

Monday, 04 February 2013 16:30

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Cambridge Science Festival 2013

Free lectures at the Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will once again be taking part in the Cambridge Science Festival in 2013 with a programme of free talks at Madingley Hall on Sunday 17 March 2013.

From Maxwell to microscopes: electricity and magnetism united (Dr Erica Bithell)

17 March 2013, 2.30pm, Madingley Hall

What is the connection between James Clerk Maxwell’s vision for students of Physics, his Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism and our present day understanding of the structure of materials? In ICE’s 140th anniversary year, we will take a journey through 140 years of electromagnetism, from Maxwell’s laboratories to modern electron microscopes.

Playing pinball with stars (Sarah Smedley)

17 March 2013, 3.45pm, Madingley Hall

Stars, just like people, prefer to live in groups. In this talk we explore what happens when the biggest, heaviest stars encounter each other, and what consequences unfold for both the stars and their surroundings.

DNA and ancestry: where do I come from? (Dr Peter Forster)

17 March 2013, 5.00pm, Madingley Hall

Learn how fossils, genetics and forensic science are now helping us to answer this question at a number of time levels, from the birth of humankind up to the present day. Only for this event, each participant will receive an optional order form with a special discount for DNA ancestry testing by Dr Peter Forster and colleagues.


Book your free tickets now



About the Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival is co-ordinated by the Public Engagement team at the University of Cambridge. It is the largest free science festival in the UK, with over 35,000 people attending events in the 2011 Festival.

The 2013 Festival runs from 11 to 24 March and will feature over 200 mostly free events for all ages exploring subjects from astronomy to zoology, with hands-on experiments and talks from leading scientists.

Find out more about the Cambridge Science Festival

 

   

Friday, 01 February 2013 17:37

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New Madingley Concert series announced

We are pleased to announce our new programme of Madingley Concerts for 2013.

These free public concerts are performed by leading University musicians, and are designed to showcase new student work alongside more traditional repertoire.

2013 concert programme

17 February 2013, 2.30pm: Sasha Millwood and Gregor Forbes perform piano solos and duos by Mozart, Debussy, Stravinsky and Millwood.

3 March 2013, 2.30pm: The Arbury Piano Trio (Katherine Lee – violin; Ghislaine McMullin – cello; Johnson Leung – piano) perform Tchaikovsky.

21 April 2013, 2.30pm: Charbel Mattar (baritone) and Martin Ennis (piano) perform Schubert's Winterreise.

2 June 2013, 2.30pm: Singers from St John's College perform madrigals and songs in celebration of summer.


Book your tickets now


About the concerts

Concerts take place at Madingley Hall near Cambridge.

View directions to Madingley Hall

For further information or to join our mailing list, please contact Lisa Hitch on lh236@ice.cam.ac.uk or +44 (0)1223 746212.

Find out about previous Madingley Concerts - and listen to recordings of world premiere performances.

   

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