Learning on the Road
In order to take advantage of their travel opportunities, the Harlaxton faculty incorporates students' travel experiences into the curriculum, helping students not just see the world, but understand it.
Travel and Learning
“At Harlaxton, we travel a lot. The good thing is, it doesn’t take away from our learning. It is an important part of our learning. Classes and travels connect.”
– a Baker University student.
It’s true. At Harlaxton, we go from the classroom to actual sites that we read about, being there to see it, touch it, feel it, live it, and experience it all.
- So, for example, we see with our own eyes three of the four original copies of the Magna Carta on our trips to London and Lincoln, then we stand in Runnymede meadow where the barons on 15 June 1215 forced King John to sign what became a basic charter of our liberties, then we study the Magna Carta and its influences in the classroom.
- Science students and British Studies “honours” students travel the ten miles from Harlaxton to a little stone farmhouse where Isaac Newton in 1666-67 worked out some of his major discoveries in optics, gravity (the apple trees are still there), the laws of motion, the calculus—all in sixteen months or so when he was just out of Cambridge University, which he attended as a kind of work-study student. We walk the rooms where it happened.
- We study Roman and Medieval Britain, then in Lincoln, walk through an archway built by the 9th Roman legion in the 200s AD, then on the ramparts of a great Norman castle begun by William the Conqueror in 1068, then across the cobblestones into a magnificent cathedral begun by King William in 1072. We take the whole college on the field trip!
- We can explore the ruins of a World War I and II Harlaxton “Aerodrome” out back of our manor house. We live in rooms where, in World War II, the young men of the 1st British Airborne division lived before parachuting into Arnhem, the famous “bridge too far,” 4 in 5 dying for our freedoms. And on it goes . . .
We study where we are; where we are we study. It is exciting. It is Harlaxton.