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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.

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
Yes, you can write: an introduction to creative writing - Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller This course is now full

19 - 21 May 2023

Creativity in business: putting theory into practice - Dr Alex Carter This course is now full
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
Yes, you can write: an introduction to creative writing - Derek Niemann and Elizabeth Speller

14 - 16 July 2023

Oliver Cromwell and the English Revolution - Dr David Smith This course is now full
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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