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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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On 4 June 1940 Winston Churchill warned the House of Commons and the British people not to assign the 'attributes of a victory' to the Dunkirk evacuation; "wars," he warned, "are not won by evacuations". Churchill's words remind us that for much of this period the future of Great Britain hung in the balance. How did the British people respond to war in 1939? How did they cope with defeat in France, the threat of invasion and the Blitz? How serious were the debates about negotiating with Hitler in late May 1940? These are some of the questions we will consider during this course dedicated to the men and women, the leaders and the led, during Britain's 'finest hour'.


Fees and bursaries


Fees for weekend courses cover tuition, meals (except breakfast) and refreshments, including morning coffee and afternoon tea during teaching hours, and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited). Accommodation can be booked for an additional fee and includes breakfast.

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion). It is sometimes possible to stay for extra nights or extra meals, or to invite guests to meals, at an additional cost and by prior arrangement with the Admissions team.

If you do not wish to pay in full at the time of booking, you may pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit by credit/debit card. The balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. If you wish to pay by cheque, you will need to pay in full when the booking is made.

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Course dates

26 Jul 2019 to 28 Jul 2019

Course duration

1 weekend

Apply by

22 Jul 2019

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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