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Short Courses

An up to date list regarding the various short courses taking place around the country. 

Year 12 Arts and Humanities Summer Residential

02.07.18 - 06.07.18, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Pembroke is excited to be hosting their first Summer Residential in 2018 for students in year 12 who are considering studying a course within the arts or humanities. This residential will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to explore a number of subjects in more depth, as well as get a taste of life at Cambridge, stay in College owned accommodation and meet current students and staff.

Applications are open via their website until Monday 14 May 2018.

Any questions regarding this event can be sent to Kathryn Dillon at

If you have any questions, or need further information about events the college run, visit the website here.

International Summer Programmes at the University of Cambridge

08.07.18 – 18.08.18, Cambridge 

Over 180 courses make up the open-access programmes: Ancient and Classical Worlds, Creative Writing, Art and Visual Culture, History, Interdisciplinary, Literature, Medieval Studies, Science and Shakespeare. We also offer an English Law and Legal Methods Programme designed primarily for lawyers and law students. 

The programmes are taught at undergraduate level and attract adults of all ages, from over 55 different countries. Around 50% of participants are current undergraduate or graduate students, and around 50% of all participants are aged 30+.

The Art and Visual Culture Programme is new for 2018. We will also be offering a Pre-University programme for 16-18-year-olds combining lectures, study-skills sessions and supervision. The Pre-University Programme will be held at Fitzwilliam College.

Applications open in December if you would like any more information please visit

History of the British Fauna: wild and domestic vertebrates

16.07.18 – 19.07.18, Sheffield

Hosted by the Zooarchaeology Team of the University of Sheffield, this course will run for the first time, from the 16th to the 19th of July 2018, so please hurry up and register if you are interested! Thematic sessions will be delivered during the first three days, while a trip to the famous Creswell Crags caves, which also includes a tour of the Ice-Age Museum to learn about our early ancestors and their animals, has been organised for the last day (optional).

The course aims to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of the development of the British fauna from the Pleistocene to Modern day. Topics such as evolution, zoogeography, domestication, introductions and extinctions will be addressed, including how humans and animals interacted through history. Mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles will be all included.

The course is directed to students, professionals and enthusiasts and does not require any previous knowledge. The teaching will be delivered through short lectures and hands-on practical activities.

Prices are £200 (waged)/ £240 including trip to Creswell Crags, £ 140 (student/unwaged)/ £ 180 including trip to Creswell Crags

For more information visit the University of Sheffield website.

Introduction to Landscape Archaeology 

24.09.18-26.09.18, North Yorkshire

This 3 day course will introduce participants to the discipline of landscape archaeology and, through presentations, field visits and classroom work, demonstrate the approaches and processes – and the range of evidence – that landscape archaeologists use to develop an understanding of the Historic Environment. Full residential course fee is £540. Non residential course fee is £315. Closing date for registration is 20.07.18. For information and application form please contact Rebecca Garrett on 07917 839 084 or

MANCENT: The Manchester Continuing Education Network

Various dates throughout the year
The Manchester Continuing Education Network (MANCENT), is a loose network of independent lecturers and students with a firm belief that Continuing Education at a high level should be available to all who want it. A wide range of courses are available at:

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education Heritage Practice Courses

Oxford University Department for Continuing Education’s new programme of short courses for the historic environment is now underway for 2018 at Rewley House.

For full details of all courses please visit the website.

These short practical courses are designed to provide training in key skills, grounded in everyday working experience, for all in the professional and voluntary sectors. They are endorsed by CIfA, the IHBC, the Archaeology Training Forum and FAME and are developed in conjunction with leading heritage practices. Courses are linked to the National Occupational Standards for Archaeology and for Town Planning, Conservation and Building Control.

Archaeology day courses with Canterbury Archaeological Trust

Various dates

Canterbury Archaeological Trust are offering a variety of day courses for anyone with a passion for archaeology. These range from a study of specific time periods (Prehistory, Roman, and Medieval) to archaeological techniques (report writing, environmental sampling, desk-based assessments). The courses are conducted by our own members of staff and there is plenty of opportunity to get hands on with material we have in our archive. 

We are also offering a series of evening lectures on the history of Canterbury from Prehistory to the present day. 

For more details please visit the website.

War Memorial Project Workshops. 

Various dates.

Free workshops for volunteers to consider how to identify and record the conditions of war memorials, and the steps that can be taken to conserve them for the future.

For more information, see their website


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