Looking for a reason to go to England? The Medieval Academy of America may have something just for you. This fall, it's launching a travel program modeled on lifelong learning programs run by traditional universities, and the itinerary definitely has the Anglobibliophile in mind.
From October 23-28, Medieval Academy of America executive director Lisa Fagin Davis will be leading the five-day, four-night tour that winds through London and Oxford. Dubbed "The Anglo-Saxons: Britain before 1066," the excursion includes a visit to Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms on display at the British Museum and Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. (Be sure to read the fall issue of FB&C for a review of the Tolkien show.) This is the only week both exhibitions will be on view at the same time.
While in London, the group will take in a performance of "King Lear" with Sir Ian McKellen in the title role of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies, as well as a curatorial tour of the Tolkien exhibition.
The trip costs $2,580, which includes hotel, meals, and tickets, and transportation in-country. Single-occupancy hotel rooms add $750. (Airfare not included.) All proceeds from the trip benefit Medieval Academy of America programming. Participants need not be Medieval Academy members.
The trip is limited to twenty travelers, and registration closes on August 23. See the brochure and detailed itinerary at: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.medievalacademy.org/resource/resmgr/pdfs/MAA_Trip_to_England.pdf
Image: Anglo Saxon Mappa Mundi, c. 1025-1050. Via Wikimedia.