Castles and Cathedrals of Medieval England

Summer 2018 Program
Dr. Tom Russo

Come and explore the great cathedrals and castles that were the focal points of England’s medieval cities! This tour includes exploring the cities of London, Canterbury, and Lincoln and Durham. Each city provides a wide range of important architectural and archaeological sites, museums, and galleries such as:

  • London: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Museum of London, Temple Church, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern
  • Canterbury: St. Augustine’s Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral (the goal of Chaucer’s pilgrims!), the Roman Museum, the Eastbridge Pilgrims Hospital and the Greyfriar’s Chapel
  • Lincoln: Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, ruins of the Roman city including Newport Arch, the Lincoln Collection Museum, the Jew’s House, Medieval Bishop’s Palace
  • Durham: Durham Cathedral and Castle – a World Heritage UNESCO site, the Archaeology Museum, the Heritage Centre, the Riverside Walk and much more!

Our classroom will be cathedrals, castles, museums and the cities themselves - a Roman villa, cathedral cloisters, castle towers and medieval city-walls; in addition, several private tours will be arranged such as a walk above the high vaults of Lincoln Cathedral to view the medieval timber trusses of the roof; and a visit to a stone masons’ workshop where the important job of conservation and preservation of the cathedral’s takes place, and a the medieval library of Durham Cathedral.

We will discuss the transitions of art, architecture and urban space as they reflect cultural transformations – from Roman to Medieval and from Romanesque to Gothic; the characteristics of Roman urbanization compared to medieval urbanization; and the ever-increasing role of the Christian church as a central power in the daily life of the medieval city. Particular emphasis will be given to the grandeur and mystery of the medieval cathedral and its relationship to the urban environment. Our exploration of urban topography will include not only the medieval, but also the Roman paradigm of the city as London, Canterbury, and Lincoln were all important Roman cities. This study abroad program provides students with a unique opportunity for on-site learning and personal encounters with some of the significant works and sites of Western art and architecture.

Courses offered: 
ARTH 310: Medieval Art and Architecture (3 credits) 
ARTH 380: Field Studies in Art History (3 credits)
ARTH 491: Research (3 credits)
PDEV 205: Engaged Learning - Study Abroad (0 credits)

Dates of Travel: July 7 – July 22, 2018
Program Fee*: $3,160
Estimated Drury Tuition/fees for 6 credit hours: approx. $1,531
Estimated Personal Expenses**: approx. $2,300

Total Approximate Cost: $6,990

Program Fee Payment Schedule

  • Non-Refundable Deposit/Non-Transferable: $500 due November 1, 2017
  • Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $500 due December 1, 2017
  • Non-Refundable/Non-Transferable Payment: $1,000 due January 19, 2018
  • Remaining non-refundable Balance: $1,160 due February 1, 2018

* Program fee includes: all accommodations(shared rooms), all breakfasts at hotels, RT Heathrow Express pass, 4-day Standard BritRail England Flexipass, London Underground Travel Card, all entry fees to cathedrals, castles, museums and sites, guided tours, two group dinners, international health insurance and administrative fee.

**Personal expenses include: Passport (if not already acquired), roundtrip airfare (approx. $1500), lunch/dinner meals (allow $50/day - will vary by individual), personal taxi use, additional personal travel, entertainment, souvenirs, etc. These expenses vary depending on individual student preferences.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Tom Russo
Professor of Art History
(417) 873-7503