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Release date: Oct 5

Wayland divisions to host study tour of Great Britain

It's one thing for students to hear about places like the Tower of London and Stonehenge and people like Shakespeare and Wordsworth in a classroom. But to experience it firsthand by actually being there is a lesson worth learning.

Those lessons will be offered in the summer of 2002 on the Golden Jubilee Tour, a two-week study excursion sponsored by Wayland Baptist University's Division of Languages and Literature and Division of Social Sciences.

The tour, which is offered through EF Tours, is so named because it will take place during the 50th anniversary year of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the British throne. This event has changed the face of the tour somewhat, according to organizers.

"We've included several royal sites to coincide with the Jubilee, like a visit to Caernavon Castle, where the Prince of Wales is presented," said Dr. Niler Pyeatt, associate professor of history at Wayland. Pyeatt and Dr. Arch Mayfield, professor of English, designed the tour and will serve as hosts. Mansel David, a Welsh actor who has performed in Plainview twice before, will serve as the tour director for the trip and will accompany the group along the way.

The trip begins June 5, departing from Lubbock International Airport. Participants will start the tour in London, England, visiting sites like the British Museum, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. From there, the tour will continue to Stonehenge and Portsmouth, home of the HMS Victory Ship and Charles Dickens' birthplace museum.

The landscapes at Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are next on the itinerary, with visits to Dartmoor National Park, Tintagel Castle and Torquay. Shakespeare fans will enjoy a visit to Stratford, his birthplace, a stop at his wife Anne Hathaway's cottage and a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The tour then travels to Caernavon Castle, Liverpool and Grasmere to visit a maritime museum and the William Wordsworth Museum. The Scotland portion of the tour is next, with travel to Edinburgh and stops at monuments and the Edinburgh castle, a ghost walk and the opportunity to participate in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh. Other stops include the Isle of Skye, LochNess, Glasgow and the highlands.

Mayfield and Pyeatt will be leading the study portions of the tour, which will be woven throughout the trip. Because of material covered, participants may receive academic credits at Wayland in upper-level history and either sophomore-level English (2301) or an upper-level English elective (4379). Tuition and fees for classes are not included in the price of the trip.

"We did a similar tour in 1998 but we've redesigned it so about two-thirds of the sites are different," Mayfield said. This trip focuses more on Western England and Scotland and was customized to incorporate the study aspect.

"From a history point of view, we will visit different sites that cover every major epic of British history, like Stonehenge, Carlisle and the ruins of Hadrian's Wall and some sites that involve the mystic, Celtic Britain," Pyeatt said.

Mayfield said the literary point of view fits well with the historical.

"We've visit the Arthurian sites, Stratford, which is Shakespeare's home, and also the birthplace museum of Charles Dickens," he said. "There's also the Lake District, where Wordsworth's home was, and see the haunts of all the Scottish writers."

Cost for the trip is $2,406 for students (under age 24) and $2,751 for adults. The fees cover round-trip airfare from Lubbock, breakfast and dinner each day, airport taxes and admission to all sites. The optional Ceilidh in Scotland - a folk festival featuring the traditional Scottish meal, dancing and bagpipe music - costs an additional $50 per person when booked in advance. Travelers will need money for noon meals, snacks and souvenirs.

The trip cost will increase by $95 after Oct. 1, so interested persons are encouraged to reserve a space on the trip before then. A deposit is required to hold a space on the trip and lock in the lower rate.