St Albans Cathedral Study Centre Goes From Strength to Strength

Thu, 17 April 2014

Study Centre launches diverse summer programme in refreshed learning spaces.

After a successful start to 2014, St Albans Cathedral Study Centre will launch its most diverse and exciting adult education programme to date.

Since the restructure of the Study Centre (formerly the St Albans Centre for Christian Studies) in Autumn 2013, bookings for the latest programme in Spring 2014 have seen a 50% increase on the average term in the previous year.

With actions made to improve teaching venues and resources, including the transformation of the Cathedral Library, which now incorporates a classroom space with interactive whiteboard, and the redecoration of the crypt and installation of a permanent projector and speakers, visitors to the Study Centre can expect high-quality learning opportunities in refreshing settings.

Adult Learning Officer, Clare Coombe said, “We are now working hard to maintain our range of events, and encourage even more people to attend them. Our topics range from theology and biblical studies, to philosophy, history, languages, art and literature, and, as we widen our programme further, we hope to expand to incorporate film, music, and more advanced theological study”.

There are a number of highlights within the Summer Programme. Of wide interest will be the Study Day ‘St Alban: from Romano-British Martyr to Anglo-Saxon Saint’, for those wishing to create an in-depth picture of the history behind the Cathedral’s namesake. Among a number of one-off Lectures will be ‘The First Century Revisited: Jews, Christians, and the Prospect of Reconciliation’, offering an interfaith perspective on a shared past, and fascinating courses which include 'The Architecture of St Albans Abbey and Cathedral', exploring 1,000 years of glorious architectural history. 2014 also sees the Study Centre’s first ever Summer School, covering ‘Latin for beginners and post-beginners’, provides an opportunity for in-depth learning of a new subject, whether for fun or as preparation for further study in Classics, History, or Theology.

The Study Centre courses are open to all from any religious background or none, usually with no pre-requisites, and welcome participants from many different faith traditions and educational backgrounds.

For full details of the Study Centre Summer Programme, visit the Study Centre pages or drop in to the Cathedral Library, located in Chapter House.

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