Bedfordshire Local History Association

Part-time Local History courses at Cambridge University

I am writing to let you know that we are now inviting applications for our 2015/16 programme of part-time Local History courses here at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). There are three courses in particular that I hope might be of especial interest to you and other people connected to Bedfordshire Local History Association.

The courses are designed for professionals, researchers, volunteers, those working with their communities, and anyone with an interest in the field. All are taught part-time and lead to full University of Cambridge qualifications. Teaching takes place at Madingley Hall, a 16th-century country house near Cambridge set in 8 acres of landscaped grounds.

I would be very grateful if you could circulate this email to any of your contacts who may be considering part-time study. If you would like to receive any copies of our printed brochure please let me know.

Undergraduate Certificate in Local History

October 2015 – June 2016, 12 Sunday day schools. Course fee: £1,800.

This course introduces students to the approaches historians take to local history, including landscape and architectural history, oral history, church history, and qualitative history (such as diaries), plus transcribing original documents. These approaches are further explored through the themes of the history of material goods and consumer culture and the history of crime and the social order. Students will be introduced to a wide range of primary and secondary evidence and will be given instruction in document evaluation and essay writing skills.

Undergraduate Diploma in Local History

October 2015 – June 2016, 12 Saturday day schools. Course fee: £1,800.

This course is designed for students who have some experience of studying history or a related discipline, or who have appropriate knowledge and enthusiasm in this field. It offers a combination of theoretical and practical approaches to local and regional history, covering the topics such as parish life in the 16th and 17th centuries and religious change from 1700 to 1900.

Undergraduate Advanced Diploma in Local History

November 2015 – May 2017, 8 supervisions + 1 induction day. Course fee: £3,600.

This two-year course gives you the opportunity to pursue your own research project under the guidance of a Cambridge supervisor. It provides an excellent foundation in research methods for anyone wishing to pursue further study.

 How to apply

You can find out more about the above courses and apply online at:

The deadline for applications is 7 September 2015.

Additional information

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions, or if you would prefer not to receive email from us in future.

Kind regards,

Joshua Hatley
Marketing Assistant
Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ

T: +44 (0)1223 746421

We are part of the University of Cambridge and provides part-time and short courses for adults.

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