While most students were off for their winter break, 40 Fresno State students traveled to England for the Arts and Humanities “Study Abroad Experience: London Life & Lore.” Students get an authentic British experience and earn three units of credit as they take in the sights and culture of England.
During the trip, Dr. Anthony Radford with the Music Department sent updates and pictures of the students’ experiences.
January 2, 2019
We are currently in Bath in our 5th day of the London Winter intersession course. We have 40 students and so far we have visited The Museum of London, The Docklands Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and attended a choral concert at St Martin-in-the Fields church. Today we visited Stonehenge and Bath. We are having a great time! Tomorrow is the National Gallery of Art and then we have a few days off before beginning the next week in Cambridge and Kings College and Selwyn College.
Best wishes and Happy New Year,
January 3, 2019
We met today in Trafalgar Square and went into the National Gallery to look at some fantastic art. Many of the art students on the course have studied these works but this is the first time seeing them in person. Many students new to art learned a lot today! Today also marks the beginning of our three-day break where some students are headed to other adventures around Europe. Here are some pictures from today’s adventures.
January 7, 2019
We had our first day back after the break, and we visited the University of Cambridge. We were treated to an architectural and musical tour of King’s College at the University of Cambridge. Students had the opportunity to climb up into the organ loft to hear organ scholar Donal McCann play the organ. Then we headed over to Selwyn College Cambridge to meet with Organist and Choirmaster Sarah Macdonald who told us about the college and the choir. She played the organ for us and treated us to lunch at the college “cafeteria.” We sat at a long table in a setting that reminded many of Hogwarts. Many of us stayed to hear the choir rehearse while others went shopping out on the town. We have one more week until we head home!
January 9, 2019
The past two days in London have been jammed with activities. Yesterday (Jan 8) we went to the British Museum. Our first stop was the Rosetta Stone in the Egypt exhibit. Then we explored the museum for a few hours and met as a class to talk about our adventures. In the evening we saw Macbeth at the Barbican Theatre played by the actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Today we started at Westminster Abbey and then got on a boat to sail down the Thames to Greenwich and the Maritime Museum and Observatory. We capped the day back in the West End to see a production of Don Quixote.
January 16, 2019
We arrived home on Monday. We had a great last half-week. On Thursday we toured the Tate Britain Gallery and saw paintings by Turner and Blake. In the evening we went to the National Theatre to see Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra starring Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort). On Friday we went to the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels before going to the Tate Modern to see works of art from the 20 and 21st centuries. Finally, on Saturday morning we went to the Imperial War Museum and saw stirring, and powerful exhibits on the Holocaust and World War I. Sunday was an off day, and many of us rested for the flight home or not :). So that’s a wrap. In all a spectacular trip!
If you are interested in attending studying abroad in London next year, contact:
Gail Freeman, London Program Office
College of Arts and Humanities