Talks and Courses

Any public talks or courses in the near future will be listed below.

'The Plague of Company'? Poets and Painters in Shakespeare's England

Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Online Course
Winter Festival

18-22 January


Like many Elizabethan and Jacobean poets, Shakespeare frequently compares himself to a painter. What was gained, or lost, by comparing poetry to painting? What paintings would Shakespeare have seen, anyway? We explore the visual arts of Shakespeare’s time, and the ways that poetry interacted with portraits, miniatures, and other art in the Tudor home. The course will be taught through a mixture of pre-recorded video sessions and discussion on the dedicated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Sign up at the following link: 

Art and Architecture of the Tudors

Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Two-day Course

13-14 March

The English Tudor period was a time of relative prosperity, with an increase in personal wealth reflected in conspicuous consumption and significant artistic patronage. Taught jointly with Dr Sarah Pearson, thsi course will address both the artistic and architectural patronage of the Tudors, exterior and interior decoration, material culture and building contents. We make a focused study of the architectural design of Madingley Hall. Sign up at the following link:

Past Talks and Courses

English Renaissance Portraits

Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Weekend Course

1-3 November 2019

From Holbein’s Henry VIII to Nicholas Hilliard’s miniatures of Elizabeth I, portraits are some of the most iconic artworks of Tudor England. This course will look at likenesses in different media, from oil and miniature painting to funeral monuments and prints. We will explore the reasons why portraiture was so popular in the period, and discover the symbolic and political dimensions of these stunning works.

Course Feedback:

'Dr Faraday's enthusiasm and energy were fantastic - she inspired us all and awe couldn't wait for more. Brilliant screen shows, such a variety and all so well prepared ... she knows so much and puts it all over so intelligently

and is so easy to understand.'

'Hugely enjoyable course. Tutor was very engaging and clearly has deep and wide ranging knowledge of the subject. The classes were inclusive and questions encouraged. Pacing and materials were well-judged. Five stars!'


'Super team quiz at the end - good fun - helped me to realised how much I have learnt!'

'This was my first course at Madingley Hall. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has exceeded all my expectations, It is clear that a lot of time and effort has been put into the course. Christina was marvellous and I'm only sad that it's come to an end. The level of content and clear explanation means I have gained a great deal of new knowledge and understanding. ... Christina's level of knowledge knows no bounds and this is infectious.'

'Fantastic course- really enjoyed it. When is Christina's next course!? It was fantastic.'

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