Summer School

All students on our flexible learning programmes are welcome to join us for Summer School, which takes place here in Leicester in June or July each year. The 5-day Summer School is, for many of our students, the highlight of their time studying with us. It's one of our favourite times of year too and we encourage all of our flexible-learning students to attend if possible.
  • Summer School Students with Richard III
  • Summer School Students at Leicester Castle
  • Study Visit to Snibston Discovery Museum
  • Dr Ross Parry leads a Study Visit
  • Summer School Study Visit 2015
  • Brainstorming an interpretive intervention
  • A plan for an interpretive intervention
  • Presenting a proposal
  • Speed Tutoring with Richard Sandell
  • Speed Tutoring with Simon Knell
  • Students at Hardwick Hall
  • Summer School Students relax after a hard day's work.

The Programme

Summer School is a packed week, with lectures and seminars, study visits, and interactive sessions. It's a great opportunity to meet staff here at the School. You will already have encountered work by many of them during you studies before you come to Leicester!

Recent years have included lectures on national galleries, cultural participation, the social purpose of the museum and more.

Smaller sessions allow you to work in detail on a particular topic with a smaller group. There's always a range of topics to choose from, so there's certain to be something for you.

Exciting study visits are a core part of the programme. In recent years we have visited museums, historic houses and carried out an 'interpretive hack' as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project aimed at engaging more visitors with historic sculpture.

We also offer a range of study skills sessions, dissertation advice a our unique 'Speed Tutoring' event, when you get to meet a whole range of academics and tutors on just one afternoon.

You can take part in as much or as little as you want. Students are welcome to come for one day or the full week, and can choose which sessions they wish to attend.

After hours..

Students often take the opportunity to relax, network and chat after a long day at Summer School. A busy social programme to enables you to get to know your fellow students better in a more informal setting. Students often sit in pubs and cafes late into the evening, discussing a whole range of topics - not always relating to museums! Many of our students and alumni tell us that friendships made at Summer School last for the duration of the course and beyond, offering a great way to connect with colleagues to support you both in your studies and your ongoing career.

In recent years, we have also hosted our annual 'Re-Connect' event for our alumni during Summer School week, giving students a chance to connect with graduates of the School, most of whom a established museum professionals.

What does it cost?

Attendance at Summer School is free, but students are responsible for their own travel to and from Leicester and accommodation and food while here, although we may treat you to a glass of wine or two at some point in the week.


If you'd like to know more about Summer School, please do contact Rob, our Distance Learning Academic Manager, who will be happy to help.

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