Events

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 enquiry@madingleyhall.co.uk

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: PostGradOpenDay@admin.cam.ac.uk

   

Friday, 19 February 2016 13:38

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Book now for our annual Open Day at Madingley Hall on 24 March 2016

Join us for our annual Open Day on Thursday 24 March 2016, at our home, Madingley Hall. This celebration of continuing education will feature dozens of free events running throughout the day.

  • Hear talks by top Cambridge experts
  • Get advice and information about your study options
  • Enrol on the day, with special offers on selected courses
  • Explore the historic Hall and gardens
  • Stay overnight in our comfortable B&B accommodation

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

What our 2015 visitors said about the event

On 2 April 2015 we welcomed more than 500 people to our Open Day. Here is a selection of their comments from the day:

"Stimulating and inspiring day in beautiful surroundings"

"Welcoming and well organised"

"Excellent lectures"

"Both guides were superb"

"Friendly welcome - typical of Madingley staff"

"Exceptional facilities and services"

"A joy to be here"

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.

   

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

 

   

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