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After a break of eight years, we return to the endlessly fascinating topic of the Silk Route. This course is organised by our Lifelong Learning team.

The various Silk Routes from China and the Middle East were synonymous with wealth and luxury. Silk, carpets, lapis lazuli, spices and glass competed for attention with porcelain, jewels and exotic metalwork.

This five-day residential programme brings together experts from the worlds of art- and architectural history, archaeology, history, politics, culture and trade to provide an insight into the lives of those living along the Silk Route, and those who traded with them. 

This programme is suitable for anyone interested in the history and legacy of the Silk Route.


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).


Payment is by credit/debit card unless otherwise arranged. You can either pay in full at the time of booking, or pay a 15% registration fee as a deposit; the balance will automatically be taken two weeks before the start of the course. 


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.


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.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Accommodation fees

Single room: £60 per night

Double/Twin room £50 per person, per night (2 people sharing)

Course dates

17 Aug 2020 to 22 Aug 2020

Course duration

5 Days

Apply by

03 Aug 2020

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

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