Denman College

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Established 1948
Type Adult education
Location Marcham, Oxfordshire, England
51°40′8.04″N 1°20′49.2″W / 51.6689000°N 1.347000°W / 51.6689000; -1.347000Coordinates: 51°40′8.04″N 1°20′49.2″W / 51.6689000°N 1.347000°W / 51.6689000; -1.347000

Denman, formally Denman College, is a residential adult education college centred on Marcham Park at Marcham in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire).

Founded by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) in 1948, Denman offers day schools and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle.

Marcham Park[edit]

Marcham Park stands on the site of the original manor house of Marcham which was a grange of Abingdon Abbey. The present house dates from the late 17th century, but was heavily remodelled for Thomas Duffield in around 1820. Its most well-known resident was Duffield's grandfather-in-law, the infamous miser, John Elwes.

Women's Institute College[edit]

The college was formally established in 1948, and named after Lady Denman, the first chairwoman of the WI federation.[1] Today, students attending Denman do not have to be members of the WI, and the college accepts both male and female learners.

Residential courses at Denman last between one and four nights, although non-residential day courses are also offered. Course subject areas include the arts, crafts, music, history, sport and technology. Denman is also the home of the WI Cookery School.


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