Talks and Courses

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

Past Talks and Courses

The Tudor Eye: Art and Architecture in Sixteenth Century England

Institute for Continuing Education, University of Cambridge

Online Course
July 2021

In this course we will be exploring the art and architecture of the Tudor age. From portraits to tapestries, from great houses to elaborate entertainments, ten lectures will cover the full range of visual and material culture. We will attempt to get inside the mind of the Tudor viewer, reconstructing their attitudes towards and experiences of the images and objects that surrounded them. We will consider the upheavals of the Reformation, the politics of the court and the intimate relationships of those who lived and died through the turbulent sixteenth century.

Course Feedback:

'Absolutely superb course, with brilliant design and fantastic delivery. The content was thoughtfully crafted, and themes and topics built meaningfully upon one another. Dr. Faraday was an outstanding tutor: such an engaging lecturer, and wonderfully engaged in her responses to, and dialogue with, our forum discussions. An exceptional course!'

'Thank you so much to Dr Christina Faraday for a most informative and very interesting series of lectures on the Tudor Eye.  Normally Tudor lectures dwell on political and dynastic aspects of the reign. My knowledge of this period was substantially enhanced. Excellent! an excellent series all round!'

'Dr Faraday is the most articulate and  insightful of tutors.  She made the course not only interesting historically but visually.  Her breadth of knowledge of the Tudor period is impressive.'

'An excellent course.  A pity it is only one week!'

'Thank you for a brilliant course beautifully presented by an excellent inspirational tutor.'

'I greatly enjoyed this course. Christina Faraday's lectures were excellent: clear, well-organised, and packed full of fascinating material and interesting visuals. Dr Faraday was unfailingly positive, friendly and informative in all her responses to students' comments and questions, and her deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject were impressive.'

'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). 

Course Feedback:

'Dr Christina Faraday is exemplary in her knowledge, teaching skills, presentation and diligence.  The course as well as being meticulously prepared and delivered was lively and engaging, providing a variety different activities and opportunities to respond with our own creativity.  I enjoyed the course hugely and I have been inspired to lots of further study and creative projects of my own.  Exceptionally good.'

'This is a real gem of a course.  Beautifully presented by an excellent tutor.'

'Superb, well-structured course. Fascinating content, excellently presented by our tutor, Dr Christina Faraday, who was diligent and supportive throughout.'


'I cannot speak too highly of Christina, the tutor. She put in a huge amount of work, not only in creating the course but in delivering it. There were hardly any comments she did not reply to. She was very kind and encouraging to all of us without being patronising in any way. She also gave huge amounts of additional information in her comments links, extra images and so on. She gave links to some academic papers, which I have read and enjoyed.'

'I have done quite a lot of on-line courses with various universities and colleges I would rank this course very highly.'

'Excellent, enjoyable, stimulating course had both breadth and depth, well related to topic, with a good balance of theory and example. Tutor also excellent - absorbing lectures and adept at stimulating and sustaining discussion.'

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.'