Events

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.

   

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:10

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Philosophy Open Afternoon

2 December 2012, Madingley Hall

We will be holding a Philosophy Open Afternoon at Madingley Hall on Sunday 2 December from 3pm to 5pm.

This is an event for anybody who would like to know what is involved in studying Philosophy at ICE, whether for a Cambridge qualification or as a hobby. You can hear more about the range of Philosophy courses we offer, explore an online Philosophy seminar, and let us know what courses you would like to see in future.

You can also take part in a short class, and for those who are considering applying for our Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Philosophy, there will be a session on how to write a good research proposal.

Booking is not essential for this event, but if you know that you would like to come, please email Andrew.Bell@ice.cam.ac.uk to let us know in advance. We hope to see you there!

   

Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:20

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Festival of Ideas 2012: free events at the Institute of Continuing Education

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will once again be taking part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas in 2012 with a varied programme of free events, including an Open Afternoon at Madingley Hall on Sunday 4 November 2012.

This year's events include:

  • 'Just a Minnow', where a panel of Cambridge biologists attempt to talk about their specialist subjects for a minute without pause or repetition
  • a guided walk around Reach, discovering clues to the daily lives of medieval peasants who lived along the fen-edge
  • a creative writing workshop for adults and children
  • talks on 'the elite University' and 'queer dreams in the works of the Brontë sisters'.

Find out more about the events and book your place

About the Festival of Ideas

The University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas celebrates the arts, humanities and social sciences and has been running for four years. It is the only free festival of its kind in the UK, and attracted over 12,000 visitors in 2011.

Find out more about the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

   

Monday, 14 May 2012 15:21

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National Gardens Scheme comes to Madingley

Madingley Hall will be opening its gardens to the public on Sunday 17 June 2012 as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

The gardens will be open between 2.30 and 5.30pm on the day. Admission is £4 for adults, while children will get in free. Proceeds will go to National Gardens Scheme charities.

The event offers the opportunity to visit the Walled Garden and Courtyard which are not normally accessible to the public. Features include mixed borders with shrubs, climbing and rambling roses which peak in June. There is a white sunken garden and a medicinal border divided into culinary, medicinal herb, dye plants and perfumery and aromatherapy sections.

There will also be a plant stall organised by Cambridgeshire Plant Heritage.

Madingley Parish Church, St Mary Magdalene will be open and the congregation will be serving afternoon teas.

Information and brochures on courses run by the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall will be available. Please note that Hall itself will not be open.

How to find Madingley Hall and Gardens

Madingley Hall Gardens in June – notes by Head Gardener, Richard Gant

Twenty years of National Gardens Scheme openings

In March 2012, the Madingley Hall Garden was awarded an engraved stainless steel trowel by the National Gardens Scheme in recognition of the 20 years it has opened under the auspices of the scheme. During these two decades, it has welcomed 6,280 visitors and raised just over £18,500 for the National Gardens Scheme charities.

   

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