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The British Studies course offers an interdisciplinary survey of British history and culture from earliest times to the present day.

British Studies Class Travel

The British Studies course takes full advantage of the very rich historical and cultural resources found in the Harlaxton area. Each section of the course has an associated field trip which takes us to some remarkable sites.

Roman and Medieval Lincoln

The city of Lincoln dates from c.50 A.D. and has extensive Roman remains; Lincoln’s castle dates from 1068, two years after the Norman victory at the battle of Hastings; and the cathedral at Lincoln (begun 1072) is one of the finest in the country.

Southwell Workhouse and Harlaxton Manor

We compare Southwell, England’s, earliest Workhouse (built in 1824) with the neo-Elizabethan manor at Harlaxton in order to explore Victorian attitudes to gender, class, and poverty.

London: St Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, and National Portrait Gallery

The final field trip takes us to London to consider the importance of the capital in creating a sense of national identity through a consideration of some of its most iconic architectural and artistic examples.

Local Field Trips

We also offer a range of optional trips to fascinating locations very close to Harlaxton Manor. In recent semesters we have explored Tattershall Castle, built in c. 1440 by a veteran of the battle of Agincourt, seen wonderful medieval and Georgian architecture at the market town of Stamford, visited the Tudor splendor of Burghley House, home to Queen Elizabeth I’s chief minister, and studied Isaac Newton’s boyhood home at Woolsthorpe Manor.