History Department Plans Tour of England, Scotland in 2008

PLAINVIEW – The Division of Social Sciences at Wayland Baptist University will host a travel study tour of England and Scotland in the summer of 2008, with an informational meeting slated March 1 for those interested.

Set for June 25 through July 9, 2008, the trip is titled “Victorian Vistas and Roman Ruins” and includes several days in London and other parts of England and three days in Scotland.

“This is a pretty different trip than we’ve taken in the past,” noted Dr. Niler Pyeatt, professor of history and co-host of the trip with Dr. Kevin Sweeney, associate professor of geography and history. “There’s not as much travel within the trip, so there’s more focus on touring the area instead of just traveling.”

After a day of travel to London via airplane, the touring begins on Day 2 with sightseeing at the Tower of London, followed by a day at Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews, Westminster Palace and the Imperial War Museum. More museums follow on Day 4, with the Charles Dickens House, Sherlock Holmes Museum and Florence Nightingale Museum. Day 5 is a free day in London to spend as you wish, with optional trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral planned. Pyeatt notes a large library and public records office in London might be a great day trip for genealogists who want to do overseas research.

After scheduled visits to Windsor Castle, Frogmore, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, where tours include the Naval Museum and the HMS Warrior, the tour continues to the resort area of Brighton along the English Channel. From there, the tour focuses on the Roman Ruins area at Fishbourne, the site of an old Roman villa, and the Verulamium Museum, where costumed reenactments of the Roman Empire’s rule take place.

The trip also includes visits to Cambridge, Lincoln, York and Harewood House’s Aviary Zoo as well as the York Castle Museum and Kirkgate. After a stop at Chester’s Fort at Hadrian’s Wall, a day of travel to Edinburgh, Scotland follows, representing the longest travel time within the trip. Day 13 features a tour of Edinburgh Castle and free time in Edinburgh, with the next day including the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce won Scottish freedom from England, and Sterling Castle. The final day is the return trip to the United States.

“We’ve try to balance out between castles, cathedrals, nature and shopping as well as historical sites, and we’ve built in some free time and optional tours as well,” notes Sweeney. “There is a lot of good shopping in Edinburgh and in Brighton as well for those with interest.”

Organizers note that the March 1 meeting, planned for 6:30 p.m. in Gates Hall room 217, does not commit anyone to the trip, and no money is required at that time. Details about the trip and payment will be given at that time.

The tour costs $3,360 for students and $3,800 for all others. A $95 registration fee is due at the time of signup and a $400 deposit is due by June 1 of this year. The entire trip cost must be paid by March 2008 and can be spread over the next year.

The trip is arranged through EF Tours, a company Wayland has used several times for overseas study tours.

Students may choose to enroll in one of two upper-level history courses with credit earned through the trip. Courses offered – either Roman Britain or Victorian England – require additional cost to cover the tuition at Wayland. Some additional coursework may be required to receive full credit.

For more information, contact Pyeatt at 291-1175 or Sweeney at 291-1180.