Summer School 2019

The Sophia Centre Summer School 2019 for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology

The MA has been running summer schools for over a decade and has developed a successful model that comprises a balance of academic discussion and debate, enjoyable social activities and crucial interaction between students and tutors.

The Summer School is open to all students of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, all PhD students associated with the Sophia Centre and all MA Alumni. Also by invitation to special guests.


Sun 14 - Wed 17 July (finishing at lunch time) 2019


University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, Wales

The annual summer school is our chance to come together, socialise and study. The precise time table is always finalised at the last moment because it depends very much on which students are attending, and therefore who is giving presentations: we try to give any students who are attending and have conducted research projects a chance to present their work.

Accommodation at the university

To book bed and breakfast on campus for the Sophia Centre Conference and the Summer School go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Payment will be taken on arrival.

If you wish to book accommodation outside the university, you will find details here.

Sophia Centre Summer School

Venue: we have space in the friendly surroundings at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter.

Attendance: the Summer School is only open to Sophia Centre graduates and students, or other individuals who collaborate with the Centre, by invitation. You do not have to attend all four days. Please register for those days you plan to attend so we can plan ahead

Cost: The University of Wales subsidises the School, but we charge £35 per day Sunday to Tuesday and £20 for Wednesday to help to assist with expenses

Travel: Everyone arranges their own travel. However we are arranging, for any student that needs it, a free bus from Lampeter to Swansea Railway Station directly after lunch on Wednesday.

If you want to team up with other students you could use the 'unofficial' Sophia Facebook page to get in touch.

You should register by Paypal if possible but, if you can't, email Dr Nick Campion and you can arrange to pay by cheque or bank transfer.

Registration is now closed.


Timetable subject to alterations.

Sunday 14 July

The 2019 Summer School, A theme of Sacred Place

Sun and Shadow experiments - set up and discussion, if it is a sunny day

Nick Campion - Welcome

09.30 - 10.00
Nick Campion on the MA

TEA - Sun and Stone

10.30 - 11.30
Fabio Silva - The Mystery of the Stonehenge's bluestones

11.30 - 12.30
Frank Prendegast Guest Lecturer - Lismullin Iron Age Ritual/Ceremonial Enclose

12.30 - 13.00
Bernadette Brady - update on the work on Sun light and Sacred Space in Welsh and English Cistercian Abbeys

Lunch - Place as Order

14.00 - 15.00
Frances Clynes - Croagh Patrick as a sacred place

15.00 - 16.00
Chris Mitchell - The role of the astrolabe in the pursuit of an ordered cosmos


16.30 - 17.30
Nick Campion Lecture - The House as Time, Calendar Houses

17.30 - 17.45
Nick Campion - St David's as a sacred place

18.00 - 18.15
Shadow checking and discussion Kim, Bernadette and Fabio

Monday 15 July

Field Trip Day - St David's and St Non's

Bus from Lampeter to Criag Rhos-y-felin

09.30 - 09.45
Arrive Criag Rhos-y-felin - Preseli bluestone quarry (Fabio to talk)

Bus to Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber (Fabio to talk)

Bus to tea room or pub for morning tea at around 11 am

Leave the area

Arrive St David's Cathedral. Nick, BB do a short tour inside and out - the shine, St David's Stone

LUNCH at St David's refectory

Visit St David's Bishop's Palace

Bus to St Non's Chapel and Holy Well

Leave St Non's and return to Lampeter, arrive back around 18:00

Tuesday 16 July

Nick - Welcome (we may be running the sun and shadow experiment if this day is sunny

09.30 - 11:00
Lampeter Library visit to see special items held by the library


11.00 - 12:00
Bernadette Brady - Amarna, in ancient Egypt, an 18th dynasty attempt to redefine the nature of sacred

12.00 - 13:00
Carole Taylor - Mapping the Psyche: the Horoscope as Map of Mind and Place


14.15 - 15.15
Jeni Williams Guest Lecturer from TSD - The Mind as Place

15.15 - 15.35
Student presentation - TBA
15.35 - 15.55
Student presentation - TBA
15.55 - 16.15
Student presentation - TBA


16.30 - 17.30
Kim Malville - The coherent order of the cosmos, Kepler

17.30 - 17.45
Discussion on the day

Bus to Newquay, dinner at the Black Lion

Wednesday 17 July - a half day

Bernadette - Welcome

09.30 - 10.30
Is the sky sacred? A discussion lead by Bernadette, Fabio and Nick


11.00 - 11.30
The Art of Academic Writing - Speakers - the Tutors

11.30 - 12.00
Getting Published. Speakers - the Tutors

12.00 - 13.00
Final Questions and Comments


Bus to Swansea

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