General News

Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:43


Liz Carter will be offering another of her popular family history courses at Madingley from 28 – 30 January 2011. With so much available on the internet these days, choosing the right website and the appropriate resources to trace your family history can seem daunting. Liz will introduce students to the range of resources available ranging from the National Archives to civil registration, census returns and local resources in the UK. Students will also have practical sessions to access these sites.

Details of the course and how to book can be found on the webpage


Monday, 20 December 2010 13:41


Enjoy our beautiful location, award winning catering and excellent teaching during a residential weekend course at Madingley in 2011. Places are still available for many courses: during January you could learn about ‘Shakespeare and the human comedy’ (14 – 16 January); undertake ‘A medical history tour of epidemiology from ancient to modern times’ (21 – 23 January); indulge in ‘a critical reading of Descarte’s meditations’ (28 – 30 January) or discover ‘The darker side of the Pre-Raphaelites’ (28 – 30 January). A list of all courses can be found on the website and details of the course content and how to book on-line, can be found by following the course links.



Wednesday, 08 December 2010 10:42


Study online: Athens and the 5th-century intellectual revolution

This course provides both an overview of one of the key eras in human development and a solid foundation for further studies for those with an interest but not necessarily previous experience in classical history.

Students on this course will learn about the major advances in art, architecture and philosophy which took place in Greece during this period, and other aspects of Greek life, including:

  • The development of the theatre
  • Sophism and Empiricism as philosophical concepts
  • Democracy and aristocratic reaction
  • The outside influences on Greek thought
  • The architecture of Greek temples and public buildings
  • The Olympics and other festivals
  • Everyday life in a Greek city

Study with the experienced and enthusiastic tutor Dr Maty Matyszak, celebrated author in Ancient History and inspiration to many past students:

“I have been very miffed with the Athens course, miffed that it has ended! It has been skilfully constructed and presented.  Maty, we need some more of your sublime tutelage; I’ll take anything under your magisterial watch.”

"Fantastic - a new way to study and one that works extremely well"

"Great tutor, provided a 'forum' to meet new people from around the world and chat about subjects that I'm interested in"

To find out more information


Tuesday, 07 December 2010 00:00


Launch of the Madingley Lectures

Astronomer Royal Lord Rees leads an international line-up of speakers when the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) launches its first series of Madingley Lectures next year.

The free lectures will be given at Madingley Hall, the headquarters of ICE, and are open to all.

Dr Rebecca Lingwood, Director of Continuing Education, said: “The Madingley Lectures are an important part of ICE’s commitment to public engagement and they are one of the ways we aim to reach beyond the walls of the University, sharing Cambridge as widely as possible.”

The inaugural lecture by Lord Rees, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, takes place on January 10, 2011, and will be chaired by Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University.

Lord Rees will speak on ‘Life in the cosmos’, exploring how, on at least one planet around at least one star, life began and a complex biosphere evolved and asking big the questions such as what lies in the far future, will life from Earth spread far beyond, or is life already widespread?

Other lectures in the first series include Dr Francis Warner, leading poet and dramatist and Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, speaking on ‘Armageddon and faith: a survivor’s meditation on the Blitz’ on Saturday, February 19, at 3pm, followed by a piano recital by David Goode, world-renowned organist and Head of Keyboard at Eton College.

On March 14, Dr Hugh Hunt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, will give an evening lecture at Madingley Hall. This lecture is given in association with the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) and as part of the Cambridge Science Festival on ‘Dambusters and the engineering behind the bouncing bomb’.

Future lecturers will include Professor David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, on May 3, and Dr Simon Thurley, architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage, on July 14.

The inaugural Madingley Lecture starts at 7pm on January 10, 2011. Booking details and information are available from

Launch of the Madingley Lectures


Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:51


Arts and crafts gardens 1850 - 1950

From Kelmscott to Sissighurst the Arts and Crafts Movement revolutionised gardening in Britain.  Based on the writing of John Ruskin and William Morris promoting unity of the arts like-minded artists, designers and plantsmen contributed towards gardens such as Munstead Wood, Hidcote, Hestercombe and Snowshill Manor. This course considers the design and planting of these and other iconic gardens inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Further information:
Title: Arts and crafts gardens 1850 - 1950
Tutor: Dr Barbara Simms
Date: 10 - 12 December 2010

To find out more information click here

Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:20


ICE's Dr. Gilly Carr helps reveal Guernsey's forgotten heroes

A previously unseen archive featuring the testimonies of people who were deported to German prison camps during World War II has been uncovered by a team of researchers working in Guernsey, led by Dr. Gilly Carr, University Lecturer in Archaeology and ICE's subject specialist.

Find out more at


Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:47


ICE course director discovers donkey DNA in Pompeii

Course director of Science, Susan Gurney (working with Dr Peter Foster) has solved the mystery of the identity of what was thought to be a now-extinct breed of horse discovered at Pompeii – this has puzzled experts since the remains were uncovered in 2004. It was in fact a donkey!

Susan’s publication in the new issue of the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, explains that there appears to have been a mistake in the lab, which resulted in horse DNA being combined with that of a donkey to create an artificial hybrid. Identification as a donkey is important in itself as it may prove that this particular type of donkey dates farther back than previously thought.

For further information, please visit


Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:36


New bursary launched for teachers
of A-Level Law

The University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) will hold its annual Conference for Teachers of A-Level Law from 31 March to 1 April 2011 at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. This year, ICE is delighted to be able to offer bursaries, significantly reducing the fees for those teaching in UK state schools or UK state FE institutions.

Designed to bring recent developments in the law and updates in the subject area to teachers who often don’t get the time out to refresh their knowledge, the Conference should be a key date in all A-Level Law teachers’ diaries. Delegates gain exclusive access to leading academics, are able to share best practice with colleagues and ask advice on specific questions regarding topics included in the AQA and OCR syllabuses.

Since 1989, the Conference has inspired over a thousand teachers, providing access to excellent speakers from the University of Cambridge and other leading institutions, presenting in key areas such as Criminal Law, the English Legal System and Tort. There are group sessions with Chief Examiners from AQA and OCR. Exhibitors include publishers of relevant law texts with the latest editions on show. In response to feedback from our previous delegates, the programme now includes a valuable session on best practice, giving delegates the opportunity to share preferred teaching tools and methods via our online classroom. Delegates will have access to this exceptional resource after the conference for use back in the classroom.

Now in its 21st year this Conference provides professional development to teachers of A-Level Law, also A2 and AS Law teachers who use the AQA and OCR syllabuses. It will also be of interest to others working in the field, including teachers of other law courses in the further education sector.

Commenting on the annual Conference, Yvette Sexton from Tresham Institute of Further and Higher Education said, “To meet other tutors and share ideas and experiences was particularly valuable. Also – as teachers we are all so busy - having the opportunity to refresh and update our subject knowledge is absolutely crucial to our professional development. I was greatly impressed by the quality of the event.”

Applications are open for a limited number of places. Further details about the Conference and an application form can be found at:


Thursday, 28 October 2010 11:08


British Pomp and Ceremony

This day course aims to provide an introduction to the ceremonial robes traditionally worn in Britain, including the robes of the peerage and the chivalric orders, civic and university gowns, and the dress of lawyers and Anglican clerics. The insignia of the chivalric orders and of the principal military decorations will also be included.

Further information:
Title: An introduction to British official and ceremonial costume
Tutor: Mr Tim Milner
Date: 21 November 2010

To find out more information click here

Friday, 22 October 2010 15:23


ICE comes to Guernsey

This November sees the first of two University of Cambridge day schools held at the Guernsey College of Further Education.

The first day school, entitled ‘The seeing eye: the appreciation of architecture’ takes place on Saturday 6 November. It will explore the evolution of different architectural styles from the Romanesque to Hi-Tech, and will include a close look the architectural heritage of the Channel Islands. This course will be led by Adrian Barlow, who as well as being an expert on Victorian architecture, happens to also be Director of Public and Professional Programmes at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE).

Speaking about this new venture between Guernsey and Cambridge, Adrian Barlow said: “We hope these two day schools will be the start of an ongoing, developing programme between the States of Guernsey and ICE to provide Higher Education courses in the Channel Islands. We also hope that once Islanders have had an insight into the variety and quality of what we offer, they will want to travel to Madingley Hall, our 16th century headquarters for one of our renowned weekend residential courses. Madingley is close to Cambridge and within very easy reach of London Stansted airport.”

The second day school, ‘The halcyon years of radio comedy’ will be on Saturday 14 May 2011. The lecturer Dr. Rex Walford will introduce and discuss radio comedy highlights from the Second World War to The Goon Show.


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