Bryan group tours England during break
January 09, 2007

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Thirty-five students and friends of the college, led by professors Dr. Mel Wilhoit and Mr. Bernie Belisle, toured sites that highlighted aspects of artistic and theatrical history.
    
“We got off the plane in London and got on the bus to Stonehenge,” Dr. Wilhoit said of the 10-day tour. After a stop in Bath, to see the Roman baths for which the town is named, the group visited sites in London including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Windsor Castle, among others.
 
Bryan tour visits BathDr. Wilhoit said many of the stops on their itinerary have links to the history of fine arts, so the trip is something like a lab experience for students. “So much of what we study in class, from prehistory at Stonehenge, to the Roman era at Bath, the medieval cathedrals to exhibits of Egyptian mummies in the British Museum we see on the tour,” he said.  In addition, they attended a number of musical theatre productions and saw Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 
 
Dr. Wilhoit and Mr. Belisle have led five previous tours, and plan one every two years. Like most of their tours, this group had a “nice mix” of students, friends of the college from Southeast Tennessee and parents and siblings of students.

A highlight of the trip, apart from the arts focus, was being in London on New Year’s Eve to hear Big Ben chime and see the fireworks display as the city welcomed the New Year.