Life and Learning is the adult education arm of Hereford Cathedral, working to broaden understanding and debate in theology, social issues and the arts. It offers a wide range of opportunities for study and learning, and for experiencing the Christian faith in many aspects.  Open to all people, regardless of religious affiliation, it aims to be a forum for honesty and engagement.

All Life & Learning events are suspended for the time being. If you have any enquiries, please email: [email protected].

LIFE & LEARNING RESOURCES ONLINE compiled by the Chancellor

We might not be able to welcome people to the cathedral for face to face events at present, but encourage those who want to think about life and faith to explore some of the free online courses that are available. A sample of these are listed below. Many of the links open sites where a great number of other free courses are available; Futurelearn in particular has a wide range of courses available. To find out more, please click the course title which will take you to another web page.


Harvard University – Online Religion Courses

A variety of topics, including multi-faith material

The LOGOS Project

The LOGOS Project is a free video series presenting global faith leaders offering their expertise on theological, practical and spiritual subjects

University of Oxford – Department for Continuing Education

These Oxford courses are NOT free – about £300 each – but highly recommended.  They are introductions to the philosophy of religion and world religions



Future Learn – History Courses

A wide range of free courses; includes the Book of Kells in the medieval section

Class Central – Books in the Medieval Liturgy

Looking at liturgical texts using manuscripts at Harvard, and hearing the music



Future Learn – Ecology Courses

A range of courses engaging with different dimensions of ecological study, including the political

OpenLearn – Nature & Environment

A range of free courses form the Open University on climate, environment, ecosystems, evolution, flora and fauna

National Geographic – Exploring Conservation

A free six-course wildlife conservation series aimed at educating everyone about the importance of conservation and how they can get involved



Future Learn – Social Issues Courses

Many current issues are addressed in a range of free courses

Previous St Ethelbert Lectures

The 2017 lecture, which was given by Canon Chris Pullin on the subject ‘What are the books actually about?’, is available as a PDF here.

The 2016 lecture, which weas given by William Smith on the subject ‘The Use of Hereford: a medieval diocesan rite considered’, is available as a PDF here.

Further information

For more details on Life and Learning events or to make telephone bookings please contact:

The Cathedral Library
5 College Cloisters
Cathedral Close

01432 374225/6

[email protected]