Adult Learning continues at the Cathedral! While we cannot meet in person to enjoy learning, discussion and fellowship, we're continuing to offer a programme of events online. Take a look at our talks, courses and discussion group pages to see what's coming up. As we are having to change what we had planned for the summer, we'll be putting up new events as the term goes on, so keep checking! To be added to our mailing list to receive monthly updates about events, please click here and send us an email. 

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Most of our events will take place on Zoom. New to Zoom? Here's some reassuring feedback from some people who have used it for our events so far, and you can also find some FAQs. 

‘The experience far exceeded my expectations’

‘The best thing was being able to join in from our living room’

‘Great experience. We look forward to future events!’

 You can now also join in by ringing in over the phone – so no wifi or computer required!

  Find out more about using Zoom for our events 

Instructions for joining Zoom events

The Cathedral’s rich heritage of learning inspires the work which goes on here today.

We are one of only a few cathedrals in the country which offer a full programme of adult learning events designed to explore faith, history and culture from many angles. Each term we produce a programme packed full of talks, workshops and study days which cover all sorts of topics, such as:

  • theology, spirituality and biblical studies
  • politics and history
  • languages
  • art and literature
  • film and music

We also offer a series of courses within our Certificate in Theology for those wishing to explore Christianity. You are welcome to join as a student and work towards the full Certificate by submitting essays, or just to attend the classes and enjoy learning from some exceptional and experienced tutors.

Our Adult Learning programme also offers opportunities to learn and practice ancient languages. We’re pleased to be able to offer courses and discussion groups for Latin, New Testament Greek, Hebrew and Old English. We also run summer schools for those wanting something unusual to do over the summer!

All of our work is supported by the library and archives, which are currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

I have enjoyed a variety of stimulating, enjoyable experiences - from discussing books to taking courses, and from participating in music events to learning about an array of subjects presented by well-educated, engaging speakers

Join our mailing list

To receive our monthly emails about what’s coming up, email Caroline, our Adult Learning Officer.

Bursary Scheme and Training Grants

We do not wish anyone to be deterred from attending for financial reasons. For more information about our Bursary Scheme, or for how to claim from your Diocesan Training Grant if you are clergy or a Reader, please email us. 

Local partners

We are fortunate that the local area is steeped in Learning, and are pleased to be able to work in partnership with a few local groups, such as the Friends of St Albans Cathedral and St Albans Architectural and Archaeological Society, who also run a programme of events