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Weekend Courses 2022-23 - Book now!

We're delighted to announce our new series of Weekend Courses running at Madingley Hall from September 2022 to August 2023.

With both residential and non-residential places available, our weekend courses offer the opportunity to learn from some of our finest academics in the inspirational setting of Madingley Hall. Over the course of each weekend there will be plenty of opportunity to get to know your tutor and fellow students, take part in lively classroom discussion and explore the beautiful landscaped gardens.

Course delivery and format

All courses follow a similar format: seven 1.5hr sessions delivered between Friday evening and Sunday lunchtime. The courses begin with dinner on Friday evening, followed by the first session. There are four sessions on Saturday: two before lunch, and one before and after dinner. There’s a break on Saturday afternoon just after lunch, offering time to rest, read, or explore Madingley’s beautiful grounds. The final two sessions take place on Sunday morning, and the course finishes with lunch. 

Who can attend?

Designed for personal interest and professional development, our weekend courses are open to anyone over the age of 18. Although they are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level, no academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject.

20 - 22 January 2023

The legend of Faust and its musical heritage - Dr Robert Letellier
Virginia Woolf in the 1930s: The Years and Three Guineas - Dr Claire Nicholson
World Order under stress - Sir Tony Brenton
Gardens and plants in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece - Caroline Holmes

10 - 12 February 2023

People and life in the Roman world - Professor Stephen Upex
The age of power: science and globalization in the 18th century - Dr Patricia Fara
Minding the gap: exploring new approaches to the brain-mind relation - Dr Amna Whiston
Starting palaeography: reading 16th- and 17th-century handwriting - Dr Heather Falvey

10 - 12 March 2023

From meadows to mountains: Dutch landscape painting in the Golden Age - Sophie Oosterwijk
Contemporary human rights: a tale of war and peace - Toby Fenwick
Fairy tales past and present - Dr Jenny Bavidge
The evolution of the modern British monarchy - Dr Seán Lang

21 - 23 April 2023

The pillars of business success: the essential elements - Ken Dickson
From Excalibur to Anduril: wielding magic swords - Dr John Lennard
Introduction to mental health conditions - Dr John Lawson
Reading Classical Latin: the natural world through Roman eyes - Dr Christine Spillane
Yes, you can write: an introduction to creative writing - Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller NEW

19 - 21 May 2023

Creativity in business: putting theory into practice - Dr Alex Carter
From Creation to Apocalypse: reflecting on Wagner's Ring Cycle - Dr Robert Letellier
Reading Classical Greek: Herodotus, Histories Book 5, chapters 23-78 and 97 - Dr John Taylor
The construction and interpretation of medieval paintings - Dr Spike Bucklow

16 - 18 June 2023

Intercultural management - Dr Sooter Nomhwange
Poets, painters and musicians in Shakespeare's England - Dr Christina Faraday
The plays of Samuel Beckett - Dr Andy Wimbush
AI and society - Dr Jonnie Penn

14 - 16 July 2023

Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution - Dr David Smith
Divided kingdom: social class and inequality in modern Britain - Nigel Kettley
Reading salvation: the origin of the first gospel - Dr Jane McLarty
The business of turning ideas into reality - Andrew Hatcher

18 - 20 August 2023

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): the glory of the Restoration - Dr David Ponsford
Pissarro, Caillebotte, Toulouse-Lautrec: Impressionist outsiders - Dr Jan Cox

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