May 13, 2017 - LondonOn our first day in London, we will have a light schedule with a brief walking tour of Roman London. We will be staying at Regent's University during this portion of the trip.
May 14, 2017 - Greenwich ObservatoryWe will visit the historic Greenwich Obseravtory and learn how stars are used for navigation on Earth. Greenwich Observatory is the location of the Prime Meridian - the location of 0 degrees longitude.
May 15, 2017 - The British MuseumWe will visit the British Museum, the home to an incredible collection of ancient artifacts from cultures around the world. We will see the earliest examples of writing, and examine the very roots of astronomy, science and literature.
May 16, 2017 - Westminster Abbey and The Royal SocietyAt Westminster Abbey we will explore the complex connections between science and religion as we visit the tombs of Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Charles Darwin. We will also visit the headquarters of the Royal Society, one of the oldest scientific organizations in the world.
May 17, 2017 - The Pitt Rivers Museum, the Natural History Museum, and Buildings of Oxford We will visit two excellent museums that show the early attempts to understand the natural world during the 19th Century. The image above was taken in the Natural History Museum at Oxford University.
May 18, 2017 - The Museum of the History of Science and the Ashmolean MuseumThe Museum of the History of Science in Oxford has one of the best collections of ancient astronomical instruments in the world. The MTSU students in the picture are examining a 17th century astrolabe that was owned by Queen Elizabeth I.
May 19, 2017 - Wadham College and the History of Printing
In Wadham College scientists Hooke and Wren helped found the Royal Society of London and held scientific meetings in secret after the English Civil War. We will visit Wadham college and see their rare book collection, including first editions of Isaac Newton's Principia and
the De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium written by Nicolaus Copernicus. As shown in the image above, students will also take part in a hands-on printing workshop.
May 20, 2017 - The William Herschel Museum and 18th Century BathIn 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus using a telescope he constructed in his basement. We will visit his home and learn about the contributions of the Herschel family to modern astronomy. As in the image above, we will also tour the city of Bath and learn aobut the place and times that led to this discovery.
May 21, 2017 - The Roman Baths and Bath AbbeyThe city of Bath was founded by the Romans in 60AD. The city is a World Heritage site, and contains some of the best preserved Roman artifacts in Britain. Because of the hot springs in the area, it became a major settlement for the Roman Empire. We will visit the Roman Baths and learn more about the ancient city of Aquae Sulis. We will also visit the nearby Bath Cathedral to explore the transition between the Roman Empire and Church.
May 22, 2017 - Salisbury Cathedral and Old SarumSalisbury Cathedral is a excellent example of Early English Gothic architecture, and a place where "the heavens meet the sky." We will visit its medieval library (including an original copy of the Magna Carta), and see the oldest working clock mechanism in the world. Old Sarum is the location of an iron age fort that was used for defense and was the home of many of the early Kings of England.
May 23, 2017 - Avebury and West Kennet Long BarrowWe will be visiting several Neolithic sites including the Kennet Long Barrow and the Avebury stone circle. The student in the picture is exploring West Kennet Long Barrow, a burial chamber was built in 3800 BC. At the end of the day, we will visit Chilbolten Observatory and learn about modern radio astronomy.
May 24, 2017 - StonehengeWe will visit Stonehenge and the Neolithic landscape around it. Like the stone circle at Avebury, this site was created as a gathering place about 3000 BCE. It has several astronomical alignments built into its design that were likely used to mark the dates for annual gatherings.