June 30 – July 7, 2018
Join Smithsonian Journeys at Oxford University and immerse yourself in the intellectual and cultural environment of one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Given the past popularity of this Smithsonian Journeys program, and enthusiastic requests to bring it back to our collection, we once again return to Oxford. Join us at Merton College to study a subject in depth with others who share a deep and unbridled love of learning.
Day 1 — Depart the U.S for London
Day 2 — London, Oxford
Arrive in London this morning and transfer to Oxford.
Days 3-7 — Oxford
Lectures take place in Oxford. Choose from one of six courses: Winston Churchill, The Tudor Age, The Crusades: Reality and Myth, The American Revolution from the British Perspective, The Archaeology of Britain, and The Geography of Britain.
Classes will be interspersed with excursions in Oxford. Each course will also feature an additional special excursion tailored to its theme. Tour the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. Plus, take an additional excursion tailored to your specific course. Those enrolled in the Winston Churchill class will visit the Churchill War Rooms in London as well as his home in Chartwell. The Tudor Age features a field trip to Hampton Court and Sudeley Castle. Those in The American Revolution course will travel to George Washington’s ancestral home and Benjamin Franklin’s House in London. The Archaeology of Britain includes a tour of the Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham. The excursion for The Geography of Britain will be determined at a later date.
Day 8 — Oxford
After breakfast continue to London and transfer to Heathrow Airport for individual flights back to the U.S. or join the optional extension to London.
Merton College is a vibrant and diverse intellectual community that has been at the forefront of education and research at Oxford University since 1264. Nobel Prize winners and other cultural and scientific icons, such as T.S. Eliot and J.R.R Tolkien, adorn the list of eminent Mertonians. The living experience at this historic college include delicious food, beautiful gardens, historic architecture, and fine accommodation. All rooms have a private bathroom, with one or two single beds, a wardrobe, a bedside table, a chest of drawers, and a desk. All bedrooms include WiFi internet access, telephones, tea-and-coffee-making facilities, but no air conditioning or hair-dryers. Bedding is changed weekly, and the College Lodge is staffed 24-hours a day and open for inquiries from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For more information about Merton College, please click here to visit their website.