England's Hidden Treasures

In 2015 we are offering a fantastic programme for students and enthusiasts from all over the world.

This gives you a privileged view of England's treasures and shows you things you would not have access to as an individual tourist in England.

The programme will enrich your studies and broaden your horizons. Take a look at the testimonials from the students who took part this year and you'll see what we mean.

It will broaden and deepen your understanding of English culture, support your studies and provide a most enjoyable experience.


This programme will offer you:

1. A short individual placement at an English Museum or Heritage site

The 7 day placement will focus on one of the following:

  • Conservation
  • Collections Management
  • Interpretation
  • Education

2. A fabulous three centre tour of London, Lincoln and the North East of England exploring conservation, interpretation and education at a range of sites including visits to:

  • Significant national museums with outstanding collections such as the British Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum;
  • Cathedrals, castles and stately homes, such as Lincoln Castle and Belton House;
  • Fascinating Industrial and Folk heritage sites like Beamish;
  • A unique visit to the border of the Roman Empire visiting Hadrian's Wall.


When you arrive you will be welcomed by your personal tutor who will give you the key to your accommodation and details of the welcoming event where you will meet the other tutors and students.

Throughout your visit you will have the support of the personal tutor who will explain your programme to you and monitor your progress and wellbeing. There will be many other opportunities to get to know fellow international and UK students.

Your programme will be packed with fascinating experiences but will still leave you time at the weekends for independent travel.


England's Hidden Treasures is organised by Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, England. Established in 1862, we enjoy a long-standing reputation as a truly excellent independent higher education institution. We offer several unique degree courses in Heritage Studies that focus on heritage and museology covering a range of curatorial skills and focusing on live projects and hands on experience in the field. The University is home to the prestigious Sandford Awards for excellence in Heritage Education.

Your tutors are extremely experienced heritage professionals and lecturers. Coming from a range of key heritage disciplines they will offer insights into the management and interpretation of collections and sights and support your development of appropriate skills for a successful career in the sector.

"To be a student at BG is to be part of a friendly, welcoming and diverse community of people. If you have a problem there will always be someone who will listen or give you a hand, something you will notice straight away if you come to have a look around. I have made some great friends whilst at BG, people who come from all over the country, with different backgrounds and experiences, and as you go through your time, those friends will be there with you." - Tom, Graduate of BG


'As you approach the City of Lincoln, from any direction, you are drawn to the magnificent silhouette of the Cathedral stretching to the skies, brooding over 2000 years of history. From the cobbled streets and antiques to the modern art scattered throughout the city, the past and present is all around. There's vibrancy, there's interest and there's fun. This is probably why each year, international students come from around the world to study in Lincoln.' - http://www.xcel.uk.net/uk-flava/lincoln.htm

We are situated in the historic city of Lincoln which has a fascinating past, most notably as the Roman city of Lindum Colonia and later as a medieval site of great historic importance, with the construction of Lincoln Castle under the Norman ruler, William the Conqueror. Lincoln Cathedral is one of the finest Gothic buildings in Europe and towers above the city as a prominent landmark. With its awe-inspiring Romanesque West Front the Cathedral has been a place of worship for almost 1000 years. Lincoln's Bishops Palace is an extraordinary medieval building. Standing in the shadow of beautiful Lincoln Cathedral, on a hilltop with sweeping views, the palace was once among the most important buildings in the country. It hosted visits by Henry VIII and James I.

Lincoln also boasts an award winning art and archaeology Museum, highlights of its collection include a complete Roman mosaic floor, one of the earliest Bronze Age gold bracelets found in Europe and a wealth of Iron Age finds. The Art Collection includes paintings by DeWint, Turner, Piper and Lowry, along with work by contemporary artists such as 2004 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry and Terry Frost.

'Lincoln is loved by students and visitors alike of all ages and is a friendly and safe environment to study. It is also a place of outstanding natural beauty that is quintessentially English. Compact, and full of diverse things to do and places to see, unique shops, peaceful walks, places to eat good local food you'd be crazy not to consider this area of the UK when choosing where to study.' - http://www.xcel.uk.net/uk-flava/lincoln.htm


By Air

If you need to fly into the area, Lincolnshire is conveniently serviced by 3 airports: East Midlands, Robin Hood or Humberside Airport; which offer flights to European destinations such as Amsterdam and Paris.

To travel to Lincoln from America or Canada your best route is:

  • Board a direct flight from your home city to London Heathrow;
  • Take an underground train from Heathrow airport on the Piccadilly Line, travelling eastbound direct to Kings Cross (approx 40 minutes);
  • Then take an over-ground train from King's Cross direct to Newark Northgate (approx 80 minutes) and from there, a train to Lincoln (20 minutes).

Download a campus map >>>

Useful websites for rail travel enquiries and advance tickets:

If you are travelling from within the UK, please click here.


Please note all prices are in pounds sterling.


England's Hidden Treasures Summer School programme

Fee for entire programme including campus accommodation, breakfasts, visits, speakers, entrance fees and travel during the programme.


Deposit to be paid within 1 month of accepting your place on the programme and before 1st March 2015. The remaining £1,800 needs to be paid in full by 1st April 2015.



Are there other opportunities for summer courses in Lincoln?

You could attend the Lincoln Archaeological Field School full time for six weeks. It is open to all UK or overseas students taking archaeology or related degree programmes and who want accredited field work experience.

The Archaeological Field School takes place over a period of six weeks and is primarily excavation-based; there will also be opportunities for students to participate in an off-site geophysical survey and lab-based processing of artefacts and environmental material. Tuition will be a mix of formal lectures and workshops supported by on-site training in practical skills. Students are further supported with study materials delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment.

Lincoln Archaeological Field School enquiries should be made to:
Craig Spence BSc MA MIfA

Find out more about the Lincoln Archaeological Field School >>>


Below is the provisional timetable for the 2015 programme.

You will be arriving on Saturday 20th June, followed by a welcome meal in the evening. Sunday 21st June will be a rest day.

22nd June 29th June 6th July
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3
Monday Orientation Placement Trip
Tuesday Placement Placement Placement
Wednesday Placement Tour - The Wild North-East Placement
Thursday Trip Tour - The Wild North-East Tour - London
Friday Placement Tour - The Wild North-East Tour - London
Saturday Free Time Free Time London am
Free Time pm
Sunday Free Time Free Time Free Time


More information about the 2015 programme will be available soon.


The following quotes have been taken from our feedback for the 2011 Summer Course:
"BG and the England's Hidden Treasures programme excelled in making me, an international student, feel welcome like a home student. It was a lovely way to make us closer as a group; you would never know we were strangers three weeks ago. "
"I can honestly say I am proud, not only of BG but of English Heritage as a whole. I can honestly say that I will treasure the time here and all of the innumerable lessons and memories I now have to share within my field and my community. Thanks to friends we've made we now know what it means to have a 'BG day'."
"England's Hidden Treasures is a unique opportunity to experience some of England's leading heritage sites from the perspectives of curators and archaeologists. It is relaxed and casual enough to feel like a holiday but fast paced and structured enough to take a massive amount of information onboard. I highly recommend this diverse experience to students of history, heritage, museum studies and cultural management."
"The Hidden Treasures programme is a once in a lifetime experience. I got to meet students who will be working in my field from all over the world. I also got to meet other museum professionals who gave great information and advice. BG and Lincoln were beautiful and welcoming. I got to see so much of England I wouldn't have seen otherwise. I highly recommend this programme,"
"Overall the England's Hidden Treasures was exactly what I hoped it would be -an engaging experience that allowed me to gain valuable work experience, to see some of England's most amazing sites and meet future colleagues and lifelong friends from across the globe."
"England's Hidden Treasures is a great experience that combines an internship at a heritage site, tours of museums in a way you would never normally have access to and a great social experience."
"BG was a lovely place to live for the month of the programme. It was great to experience the real England while also gaining valuable insight into the museum industry and also see the fantastic English sites."
"So much of the English spirit was involved in this project we felt we were not merely visitors but serious students meeting with serious professional who took us seriously."

When should I apply?
Each day we are receiving more enquiries about the programme so it would be wise to submit the form as soon as you are able. We will let you know if you have been successful within 21 working days of your application arriving.

Are there specific bursaries of scholarships attached to this programme?
No, not attached to the programme but there are bursary and scholarship opportunities at: http://www.studyabroad.com/scholarships.aspx.

On average, how many students are accepted or how many apply?
We can accept a maximum of 17 students. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis to suitable candidates.

Is there an application interview?
No, there is no interview though if you would like a phone conversation about the programme do let us know.

I would like to apply as soon as possible, is there any advice to offer?
The form is very straightforward...but do email Jean MacIntyre (j.c.macintyre@bishopg.ac.uk) if in doubt about how to fill in a particular section.

Are meals included in the accommodation deal?
Breakfast is included but otherwise you will need to budget to buy/cook your own meals. There is a dining hall at the University where you can buy a decent meal for around 7 pounds.

When I arrive will I be met at the airport?
No, but the route from London Heathrow is very straightforward, 40 minutes on a direct and very safe underground train then 80 minutes on a direct and equally safe over ground train. If some of you are arriving at the same time we will put you in touch with each other so you can travel up together.

Will I have a chance to get to know my fellow course members and orientate myself before the programme begins?
Yes. We will have a welcome meal and chance to get to know each other on the first Saturday evening.  Sunday will be a rest day and then the first Monday will be devoted to getting to know everyone and orientating yourself

I noticed that you have four areas of study for the museum placements, is there any information available about them?
In March we will send you a list of placement opportunities for you to choose from.  We will ensure that you have a substantial amount of information about each site.  There is only room for two placements at each site so we will be asking you for first second and third choices and if none of the options appeal we will strive to find you a comparable alternative.

What specific work duties will be involved on each placement?
The work duties will vary. At each site we will negotiate a specific project or projects that you and the host are happy can be achieved within the time frame and will support your growing understanding of the field. At each site you will be supported by the expertise of the permanent team. An example of the project you might undertake are:

  • developing and trialling educational sessions for a target audience;
  • designing a small display of artefacts for a specific audience;
  • improving archival records for a specific collection;
  • writing interpretation material for a specific set of artefacts;
  • conserving a particular object or objects;
  • supporting the development of a particular access project.

If you wish to find out more about how to take part in England's Hidden Treasures you should contact Jean MacIntyre at j.c.macintyre@bishopg.ac.uk who will send you an application form, including current fees and charges and answer any queries.

Completed application forms must be returned to the University no later than May. Once accepted, you will be informed of arrangements for payment of the fee.


If you would like to find out more about Bishop Grosseteste University, its facilities and the programmes it offers you can:

Come to an Open Day
See our Open Days pages for details of the next event.

Arrange a visit
We are always willing to show you around at a time convenient for you.

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