As we reach the 'real summer' in Britain, the schools close and everyone spends more time outside. In Scotland, the school summer holidays from the start of July and in England and Wales, it's from about the last week of the month. Here's our round-up of all the wonderful things you can do in July when you travel to Britain. Alice's Day In case you don't know the connection … [Read more...] about What’s On Around Britain in July 2019 – Alice in Wonderland, Henley Regatta, Leeds Castle, Wimbledon, Festivals, Culture, and More!
The Bodleian Library in Oxford – the library of the prestigious University of Oxford – is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. In Britain, it is second in size only to the British Library in London. The Bodleian first opened to scholars in 1602. Its incomparable collections of books, papers and manuscripts are housed in buildings in the city center, and you can book a … [Read more...] about Laura’s Britain: Exploring the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford – An Inside Tour – Tons of Pictures Inside!
Oxford University's Bodleian Library recently launched a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien and his connection to Oxford. Many authors have strong connections to Oxford: Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, C.S. Lewis who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia and, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien who brought us The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. … [Read more...] about Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth – Exploring the New Exhibition at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries
Murder! Sex! Jealousy! Revenge! Poetry! Oxford! Sounds like it should be a great read, right? Unfortunately, not the case for this book. Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott tells the tale of Alex, the main character and narrator of the story, and his wife Rachel. Rachel is murdered mere months after marrying Alex, leaving him grief-stricken and unable to … [Read more...] about Brit Book Reviews: Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is opening five new galleries to display its renowned collections from ancient Egypt and Nubia. The Ashmolean has some of the finest Egyptian and Nubian collections in the country. Its Predynastic and Protodynastic material is considered to be amongst the most significant in the world. The new galleries will offer a chronological journey … [Read more...] about Ancient treasures on display in Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford is to hold an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints of Claude Lorrain. Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape will bring together 140 works from international collections, created at different points in the artist’s career. Lorrain (c1600–1682, real name Claude Gellée) is recognised as the ‘father’ of European … [Read more...] about A collection of enchanted landscapes in Oxford
Those of you planning a holiday in England should definitely consider staying in the Cotswolds. Located in the west of England, this area has been recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and features some of the most beautiful countryside scenery in England. It is known as the "Heart of England." Finding somewhere to stay in the Cotswolds really … [Read more...] about Exploring the Charming Cotswolds – Days Out in Cotswold Country
The Telegraph has put together an excellent article about some of the cultural quirks at Oxford and Cambridge. Here's an excerpt: Subfusc Subfusc is a mode of full academic dress worn by students to sit exams and attend university ceremonies such as matriculation at Oxford. Generally it consists of a suit, white shirt and bow tie for men, and a black skirt or trousers … [Read more...] about The Quirks of Oxford and Cambridge
One thing that's on my 'Britain Bucket List' is to spend the summer studying at Oxford. As I've researched doing so - here's some of the information I've found. The British have long been at the forefront of education, and if you are looking for a way to affordably further your own education, you can't go wrong by spending the summer in the United Kingdom. There is a wide … [Read more...] about A Guide to Summer Programs at British Universities like Oxford
I wrote last year about the very cool Oxford-Cambridge Boat race that takes place every year on the Thames - a sporting contest that goes back almost two hundred years. You can read more about the race in my post last year here. The big news is that since the BBC acquired the worldwide rights to broadcast the race - we've gotten confirmation that BBC America will be airing … [Read more...] about BBC America to Air Oxford Cambridge Boat Race LIVE This Saturday
Thames Boat Race 2008 - Photo From hkfuey97 on Flickr There are many famous sports rivalries in the world, but one of the oldest is between Oxford and Cambridge. Rivalry going back centuries culminates in a yearly boat race on the Thames, broadcasted to the whole UK on ITV1. I've had the pleasure of being in London during the boat race and it's very exciting. For a few hours … [Read more...] about This Weekend: Oxford-Cambridge Thames Boat Race