Celtic Learners Network The Celtic Learners Network is an Adult Learning facility in Cardiff and the Vale, offering a wide range of Humanities courses.


17 April 2014: Summer Programme released!

Our summer programme is now released! There are summer classes at Cardiff Story Museum and Cadw lunchtime lectures at beautiful venues across South East Wales. There is also a free Victorian Conference with workshops at Caerphilly Castle on our events page; if you wish to attend, please pass on your name to us so we can add you to the list of free attendees (otherwise students will have to pay at reception to gain entrance). We hope you find something to enjoy, and have a lovely summer!

10 April 2014: CLN New Email Address

The CLN have a new email address:


So please contact us if you have any queries.

23 February 2014: Ceri Lane featured on Radio Wales!

Sunday morning, on the 2nd March, Ceri Lane will be live on Roy Noble's show on BBC Radio Wales. Tune in at 10.30 to listen to her discuss adult education and the history behind Pancake Day, featuring historic welsh recipes and live tasters!

For information on the programme please visit the BBC page here!

25 January 2014: Spring Launch at St Davids Hall

A big thank you to the tutors and students who were at the Spring Launch on Saturday for making it such a success, next time we will be booking a bigger room! Talks included Victorian Fairies in your Garden, The City of Carthage, The World Behind the Great Gatsby, and an Introduction to Postmodernism.

For information on events please click here!

18 January 2014: Cardiff Learning Festival at Cardiff Story Museum

On Saturday 18th January the CLN are delivering free lectures as part of Cardiff Learning Festival at Cardiff Story Museum. There will be talks on Women in the Victorian Era, Medieval Motte and Baileys, War in Roman Britain, and Cardiff at War. See you there!

For information on events please click here!

01 December 2013: Spring Programme Online!

Our new Spring programme is now online with lots of exciting courses at a variety of venues. We have a wide selection of Cadw lectures as well as favourites at St Davids Hall. We also have a new partnership with Cardiff Story Museum and will be delivering a learning event in January with them in the Cardiff Learning Festival where there will free lectures and workshops. Please also look at the line up for our launch event at St Davids Hall on 25th January where there will be free talks, free History Chef refreshments, and 10 percent off all course enrolments!

For information on courses please click here!

24 October 2013: Release date for History Chef on ITV Coast and Country

It's just 2 weeks to go now until the first episode of Coast and Country, and we can FINALLY reveal what's in the first programme! Andrew will be starting the programme on his home soil of Gower, foraging for mushrooms and making cider the old fashioned way at the Gower Heritage Centre. Nicky's testing her wits on the longest zip wire in Europe at Zipworld in Snowdonia. Ruth's also on Gower, beginning her journey along the Wales Coastal Path. She'll be stopping off at beautiful and interesting locations along the way, and meeting the people who know all about it. And Carl's at Denbigh Castle, finding out about it's history and cooking a Medieval feast with our very own History Chef. Don't miss it! Friday November 1st, 8pm, ITV Cymru Wales.

For information on Coast and Country please click here!

14 October 2013: Medieval Food supplied for the Princes of Gwynedd project Launch

The Princes of Gwynedd project was launched Monday 14th October 2013 at Craflwyn Hall, near Beddgelert, and Medieval food was required to needed to accompany live music composed especially for the project on medieval instruments, together with re-enactment, and a guided walk to the top of Dinas Emrys. The Celtic Learners Network supplied Hippocras, Rose Water, Ember Day tart, Hedgerow salad, Tourteles in Fryture and Leche Lumbard, all authentically sourced recipes from the Medieval era!

September 2013: History Chef featured on new ITV series Coast and Country

This year the History Chef has been filmed on location by ITV for the new series Coast and Country, which is due to be aired in November. This is a brand new series celebrating the Welsh countryside and its people, on ITV Wales. Ceri Lane can be viewed each week showing how to prepare a different authentic historic recipe at the Cadw sites we have visited during this years History Chef season. They have filmed us at Kidwelly Castle, Denbigh Castle, Tretower and Caerleon so far, and there are more to come! Please check back soon for more information!

For information on Coast and Country please click here!

August 2013: Autumn Programme now released

Our Autumn programme for 2013 is now online and can be viewed on our website, please also look out for our brochures in and around Cardiff. There are lots of new courses for you to take part in, with the usual base at St Davids Hall as well as classes taking place at cadw sites in South East Wales. There are many alternative and exciting subjects to learn about so please take a look at what is on offer!

25 July 2013: Festival of Archaeology: Medieval Mysteries Day

The Celtic Learners Network are delivering a special event in partnership with Cadw during the Festival of British Archaeology, on the 25th July. The event will take place at Caerphilly Castle and will include a programme of conference talks and family-friendly interactive drop-in workshop sessions. There is no charge to attend these talks or sessions. There is also a unique authentic Medieval lunch available at £14.95 to be booked before the day. Please get in contact to reserve your space at the conference free of charge.

For photos please click here!

15 June 2013: Insole Court WWII Fundraising Event

The CLN will be serving authentic food at Insole Court this weekend. The fun will start at 11am until 4pm. Insole Court will have WWII fire engines and visiting GIs, Land Army and Home Guard. The Royal Observer Corps Plotting Room will be re-created in the Dining Room and there'll be films showing wartime stories. Eileen Younghusband will be talking of her work during WWII, you can see a fashion parade of the very best of the 1940s, see the Lindy Hop in action and ride on a donkey (under 10s only, I'm afraid!). Refreshments etc. All activities will be through your ration book available from Insole Court (Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri. 9am-3pm and Sun 10am-4pm) and Mint Green Dress Agency on the High Street, at £5, £3 for under 10s.

May 2013: History Chef launched for this year!

This year History Chef starts in May at St Davids Bishop Palace. We will be cooking Medieval Monastic recipes, including Cabbage and Saffron Chowder, for everyone to try. See you there!

Click for the History Chef facebook page here

5th March 2013: Ceri Lane on BBC Radio Wales!

Ceri Lane on BBC Radio Wales today discussing heritage and the History Chef project! On the Good Evening Wales programme. At 5.20pm.

Click to listen here

February 2013: Celtic Learners Network to deliver History Chef for 2013 and 2014!

The Celtic Learners Network will be delivering two further years of the History Chef project, during 2013 and 2014, in partnership with Cadw. The project will be taking us all over Wales, visiting historic sites not included in the 2012 season. There will be new authentic recipes for all to try, so please check back soon for more details!

Click for the History Chef facebook page here

December 2012: Celtic Learners Network provide the historical catering for Insole Court

The Celtic Learners Network provided an authentic Victorian Christmas Feast for Insole Court in December 2012. The menu consisted of quails egg and salmon salad presented in a china tea cup, game pie with apricot sherbet dressing, and lemon jelly with apple hedgehog for dessert. Homemade lemonade with rosewater also served!

To see photos please click here

December 2012: Celtic Learners Network featured on hotcourses.

The Celtic Learners Network spring programme is featured in full on the hotcourses website!

To read more please click here

4th December 2012: South Wales Echo. How Christmas has been celebrated in South Wales.

Have you ever wondered why we deck the halls with boughs of holly, kiss under the mistletoe or pull crackers at the dinner table on Christmas Day? The festive period is full of traditions and customs that the majority of us do without ever questioning why. As part of an exciting calendar of Christmas events co-ordinated by Cadw, the Celtic Learners Network will be exploring The Origins of a Modern Christmas at Caerwent Roman Fort this Saturday. Learn how our celebrations have evolved and discover why Christmas was almost cancelled by the Victorians!

To read more please click here

29th November 2012: Ceri Lane lectures to the Llanilltud Ladies!

This Thursday Ceri Lane lectured to the Llanilltud Ladies on 'The Origins of a Modern Christmas. The origins of mince pies, the use of holly and mistletoe, and the origins of Santa Claus were all discussed!

19th July 2012: CLN feature on Roy Noble's Radio programme on BBC Radio Wales!

This Thursday the CLN will be talking to Roy Noble about Roman cookery and all things CLN! Recording to follow shortly.

14th July 2012: History Chef feature on Lynn Bowles' Radio programme on BBC Radio Wales!

Last Saturday Ceri Lane and Colette Maxfield visited BBC Radio Wales to talk to Lynn Bowles about the History Chef project, discussing ancient food from the Roman times through to the Tudor period. A recording will be uploaded soon!

May 2012: History Chef is on Facebook!

Keep up to date with our History Chef project by signing up to our History Chef Facebook page! We will be uploading recipes, images and info!

For the Facebook page please click here

April 2012: CLN embark on the History Chef partnership project with Cadw

The CLN have developed an exciting partnership project with Cadw called the History Chef. We will be preparing authentic historical food at Cadw sites across Wales and all events are free for people to experience! Come along and watch how to prepare authentic recipes from across the ages and taste unusual food! Our first event is at Caerwent, between 10.30am and 4pm on the 7 - 8 April. Come along and taste the food!

For more information please click here

March 2012: CLN featured on Groupon

'Keen on living a healthy lifestyle, the memory is often in need of a jog. Keep your mind active with today's Groupon - a choice of artistic or historical course at Celtic Learners Network. Represented by the ancient triskele spiral, Celtic Learners Network uncoils a range of artistic and historic courses designed for students of all backgrounds. Each syllabus is led by an experienced tutor, and choices range from day classes like Overbearing and Over Here, to month-long programmes such as a study of Michelangelo...'

For more information please click here

7 December 2011: Ceri Lane lectures at Insole Court

This Wednesday Ceri Lane gave a talk to the Friends of Insole Court on the subject of a Victorian Christmas, explaining the origins of some of are most famous traditions such as christmas crackers, christmas carols and the true story behind Dicken's famous tale 'A Christmas Carol'.

For photo's of Ceri Lane in action please click here

20 August 2011: South Wales Echo. Museum's Learning Partnership

A UNIQUE education provider has teamed up with the National Museum of Wales to bring more innovative courses to Cardiff city centre. The Celtic Learners Network (CLN) will deliver an autumn programme from the new art education room in the museum's refurbished west wing. Subjects include Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci, Sketching at the Museum and an introduction to some of the key themes in contemporary art, relating to surrounding galleries. The CLN is also expanding its range of venues to suit those who work during week days, with Cathays High School and Barry College used after hours. Details available at www.celticlearnersnetwork.org.uk

Autumn 2011: Partnerships!

The Celtic Learners Network has just come to the end of a very successful summer programme of lectures designed in partnership with Cadw, taking place at historic sites such as Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Caerwent. For the autumn, we are going into partnership with National Museum Cardiff, where our art classes will now be taking place in the brand new art education room in the refurbished west wing. For further news on partnerships that may be coming in the future, watch this space!

7th June 2011: Coryton Ladies. Ceri Lane gave an evening lecture on 'Bedlam: Murder and Madness'

Ceri Lane gave a special hour lecture on 'Bedlam: Murder and Madness' to the Coryton Ladies this Tuesday. Subjects included the history of the now infamous hospital, its famous inmates, and the terrible treatments inflicted upon the patients. Gruesome stuff!

15th May 2011: Adult Learners Week

As part of Adult Learners Week this year the CLN provided free sessions at the Cadw sites Caerphilly Castle and Tintern Abbey. Sessions included drawing, creative writing, as well as historical subjects such as Medieval food, Manuscripts and the life of a Medieval Monk!

Feedback from the Cadw events team: ''the visitors certainly enjoyed hearing about life in a monastry but perhaps not quite as much as they enjoyed the cheese and pottage! You all certainly made a huge contribution to the day and I look forward to meeting you all again in the future.''

For photo's of our day in Tintern Abbey please click here

April 2011: CLN Partnership with Cadw!

Adrienne Goodenough, Cadw's Lifelong Learning Manager, says, "I am pleased Cadw is able to work in partnership with the Celtic Learners Network. The sites chosen for the lecture programme are certainly unique and offer fascinating backdrops for anyone seeking to learn in an atmosphere with a difference."

For more info on the summer lecture programme please visit our course page here

21 Feb 2011: Guardian/Cardiff. CLN featured on the blog today!

To read more please click here

Jan 2011: W.E.A. Ceri Lane is guest lecturing on 'The Continental Celts'

This term our very own Ceri Lane is guest lecturing for the Workers Education Association, in Barry, taking a 10 week course on the Celts in Europe. She has lectured extensively for the W.E.A. before, covering subjects such as the Celts in Rome and Celtic Mythology.

LAST TERM: Alt Cardiff. The real Jason and the Argonauts

New research has allowed Ceri Lane to conduct a course which bridges the gap between Greek storytelling, and the physical evidence of Jason and the Argonauts. Ceri Lane, who was inspired from the vampire genre, and passionate about Greek heroes, states that Greek story telling has inspired a passion for seeking the truth, and as a result of modern research and archaeology, a physical representation of the Jason and the Argonauts history is now possible. She states, 'The course appeals to a broad range of ages...

To read more please click here

20 Dec 2010. Echo and Western Mail. Courses are weird - and wonderful

''SERIAL killers, Victorian fairy tales and the ethics of genetically-modified food are some of the courses available at the Celtic Learners Network. The adult learning provider has released its latest installment of weird and wonderful subjects, due for delivery next spring. Highlights include an investigation into the minds of the world's most notorious serial killers, to more traditional favourites like Norse mythology and renaissance portraiture.

The CLN is also expanding its range of venues to allow better access to classes. The majority of courses will take place at St David's Hall in Cardiff, but there are also classes taking place in Chapter Arts and the city's Arts Institute. In the Vale of Glamorgan, learners will meet in Barry Library and a new venue in Llantwit Major for a lively debate on the Celts in Welsh culture.''

12 Nov 2010. Celtic Learners Network featured on Cardiff Connect

Cardiff Connect would like to introduce you to the Celtic Learners Network. CLN provides Humanities courses for adult learners throughout Cardiff and the Vale. One of the things I really appreciate about CLN is their approach to working alongside other community groups. One of their most important objectives is to create an environment in which all members of the community have the opportunity to be involved with adult learning. Here's some more information about CLN from Colette Maxfield, the Community Information Officer...

To read more please click here

9 Nov 2010. Creative Boom: A New Chapter for Celtic Learners Network

The Celtic Learners Network are expanding their range of venues and are heading to the Chapter Arts Centre to offer more variety and flexibilty to adult learners in Cardiff. Having launched this August at the Cardiff Arts Institute, the CLN wish to embrace a wider demographic and believe that Chapter answers their need for a vibrant evening location for their alternative and innovative subjects. One key area of interest is to provide courses that are topical and relevant to the culture of today, including classes that explore themes prevalent in films and other media...

To read more please click here

7 Oct 2010. Llanilltud Ladies. Ceri Lane gave an evening lecture on 'Bedlam: Murder and Madness'

Ceri Lane gave a special hour lecture on 'Bedlam: Murder and Madness' to the Llanilltud Ladies this Thursday. Subjects included the many reincarnations of the now infamous hospital, its famous inmates, and the terrible treatments inflicted upon the patients. Gruesome stuff!

Photos here

7 Sept 2010. Creative Boom. St.Fagans poet-in-residence returns to Cardiff city centre

Ivy Alvarez, the poet in residence at St.Fagans, starts a series of workshops in Cardiff Arts Institute this Wednesday. After enjoying the summer amongst castles, rose gardens and Iron Age roundhouses, Ivy is returning to the urban centre to share her knowledge and inspiration to those needing a boost to their poetical endeavours....Returning to the Cardiff scene, she is delivering workshops as part of the new programme introduced by the Celtic Learners Network this Autumn...

To read more please click here

1 Sept 2010. Sleeveface competition in collaboration with The Sprout

Sleeveface competition, judged by The Celtic Learners Network. We want you to create your own Sleevefaces. Props and outfits are actively encouraged, the more experimental the better. The prize is a Sleeveface workshop by The Celtic Learners Network at the Cardiff Arts Institute, which will be occurring on Saturday 16th October from 10:30am until 12:30pm. The competition closes Thursday 30th September, giving you a month to send us your entries (multiple entries are allowed).

To enter, please visit The Sprout website here

20 Aug 2010. CLN on the Roy Noble show, Radio Wales.

CLN discussing the Autumn term and Medieval cookery on Radio Wales. Please click here

9 Aug 2010. South Wales Echo. Chance to learn about past is un-myth-able!

Forget maths and science - ever wanted to know the truth behind Jason and the Argonauts? Tutors in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are offering learners the chance to study a variety of weird and wonderful subjects tailored to modern tastes. Vampires, Robin Hood and the Vikings form the basis of a new autumn programme of lunchtime and evening classes organised by the Celtic Learners Network. Founded by Cardiff University graduates Ceri Lane, Kishli Laister-Scott and Colette Maxfield, the organisation aims to provide students with the widest possible choice of 'innovative and thought-provoking' topics...

To read more please click here

5 Aug 2010. Guardian/Cardiff. From Sleeveface to vampires: new creative courses for adult learners

A range of new courses will be on offer from September by a new adult learners network launching tomorrow. How to obscure one's face with a record sleeve to cause an amusing illusion will now be offered as an adult learners course as part of a new programme launching tomorrow. The Celtic Learners Network will offer a range of courses in humanities from Sleeveface to vampires at Cardiff Arts Institute hoping to be to set apart from other adult learners providers. Founded by partners and Cardiff University graduates Kishli Laister-Scott, Ceri Lane and Colette Maxfield in April, the organisation aims to catch new learners looking for courses to start this September and also offers traditional course in modern art and history as well as less conventional options...

To read more please click here

27 July 2010. Creative Boom's feature on the Celtic Learners Network

THE CELTIC LEARNERS NETWORK is a new organisation that provides a wide range of Humanities courses in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Set up by three experienced and enthusiastic partners, they are a young, vibrant team of tutors that offer courses in a diverse range of subject areas such as creative writing, photography, art, history and literature...

To read more please click here




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