Campus News

The Manor is full of life again as the Fall 2017 students and faculty arrived to discover the wonders that Harlaxton holds! Within the first month the students have begun their Harlaxton experience by being sorted into their respective Houses for House competitions, meeting new friends, and planning weekend trips. We also have college-organized trips for the students, if you would like to see what they entail, please follow the link to our website to read all about the fun and engaging trips we offer:

Victoria featuring Harlaxton Premiere
Harlaxton was featured in season 2 episode 5 "Entente Cordiale" of ITV series, Victoria. Parts of the episode were filmed on location at Harlaxton last May. Our rooms “in the French style” (the Gold Room, the Morning Room and Drawing Room) and others (the Long Gallery and the Great Hall) are the perfect setting for the episode, and our lovely drive allowed for the Queen’s dramatic arrival by horse-drawn carriage. The episode premiered on Sunday, 24 September. If you missed it, in the UK, it is now streaming on the ITV website. It will not be shown in the US until after the new year on PBS.


Summer Alumni Gathering: 
The Harlaxton Alumni Trip sponsored by the Harlaxton Society was held on June 1 – 5, 2017 with 24 travelers participating.  More Harlaxton alums joined in for the weekend’s festivities, and University of Evansville’s Annual International dinner was celebrated at Harlaxton on Saturday, June 3.  Members of Harlaxton’s British Advisory Council and staff joined in the festivities, along with alums from the U.S., England, Wales, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany.  The Long Gallery provided a gorgeous setting for the evening and was highlighted by a rainbow over the gardens and an amazing sunset. 


Dr. Pouliot Presentations and Essay Publishing
August 2017 – ‘The Brontës Under Glass: Serena Partridge’s ‘Accessories’, Interwar Biofiction and the Romance of the Archive’. BAVS Annual Conference. Bishop Grosseteste University.
August 2017 – ‘“Swallow it”’: Fantasies of Incest in Brontë Biographical Fiction and Drama’. The Coarseness of the Brontës: A Reappraisal. Durham.

‘Reading the Revenant in Charlotte Brontë’s Literary Afterlives: Charting the Path from the “Silent Country” to the Séance’, in Charlotte Brontë: Legacies and Afterlives, ed. by Amber Regis and Deborah Wynne. (Manchester: MUP, 2017)

Visiting Faculty Gold Room Lecture 
Fall 2017 visiting faculty member Dr. Mike Zimmer, a professor of Economics at University of Evansville, recently presented a Gold Room Lecture titled "Youth Age School Grades and Spouse Matching as Adults: Back to the Future in Sweden." 

Harlaxton Medieval Symposium
The Harlaxton Medieval Symposium is an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, students and enthusiasts which meets each July at Harlaxton Manor to celebrate medieval history, art, literature and architecture through a programme of papers around a chosen theme selected by the steering committee. Dr Jerry Seaman (College Principal) and Dr David Green (Senior Lecturer in British Studies) are members of the steering committee.

The Symposium began in 1984 as the brain-child of Dr Pamela Tudor-Craig, Lady Wedgwood, who then taught Art History at the College. Since then, the Symposium has become an important part of the medieval conference circuit attracting up to 130 delegates each year with speakers invited from the UK, Europe, the US, and further afield. The proceedings of each conference are published in an internationally-recognised series entitled Harlaxton Medieval Studies by Shaun Tyas. Dr Green co-convened and edited the proceedings of the 2014 symposium on The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453.

In 2014, with the financial assistance of the College, the Barrie Dobson Scholarship was launched in the memory of the Symposium’s former chairman to support MA and PhD student participation. Harlaxton alumni working in the field of medieval studies are encouraged to apply.

The 2018 Symposium will explore Performance, Ceremony and Display in Medieval Britain and further details may be found at


Welcoming New Staff

Charlotte Powell as our new Conference and Events Manager
With twelve years of experience in wedding and events, Charlotte Powell comes to us from Lincolnshire County Council – Heritage Service where she was the Hospitality and Group Events Officer serving Lincoln Castle, Gainsborough Old Hall, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and Usher Art Gallery.  In this and her previous roles, Charlotte established the “Heritage Weddings” brand, organized Lincoln’s official Christmas light “switch-on,” ran local and international large-scale events such as the Lincoln Christmas Market, and, notably, organized the royal visit to Lincoln as part of the Magna Carta celebrations in 2015. We are so exited to have someone as innovative and qualified to be filling the role that Simon Hawkes has established so well. We will miss Simon, but are excited to welcome Charlotte on board!

Nicola Burridge as our new College Accountant
Nicola previously worked for almost 10 year at Stoke Rochford Hall, and spent 6 years on the senior management team as the Head of Finance. As a part of her first degree in French and Latin, she studied in Paris for a year, so working with study abroad students is something she is excited about! Nicola and our current accountant, Sarah, will be working together for over a month, so the transition process for the vital role will be smooth and seamless for the college.



A popular College-organized trip each semester, 83 students traveled to London after their first week at the Manor. This semester the students were able to plan their own adventure and get a sense of all London has to offer!
The closest major city to the Manor, students traveled to Nottingham to spend the afternoon exploring the streets where the legendary Robin Hood roamed. Many students visited the 17th century Nottingham Castle, while others enjoyed the shops, cafes and restaurants around the city. 

Students, faculty and staff explored the town and university where famous scholars and royalty like Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton and Charles, Prince of Wales attended. Whether students explored the many different Cambridge colleges, had a pint at the Eagle pub (frequented by the scientists who discovered DNA), or visited the Cambridge Market for some shopping, the day-long trip was well spent and thoroughly enjoyed. 

A day trip to the ancient Roman city of York, students browsed Shambles Street lined with timber-framed houses and shops, toured the York Minster at the city center, and sipped tea at Betty's Cafe Tea Room. Many students also toured the York Castle, established by William the Conqueror in 1068.

Long Weekend: Scotland
Students also had the option to travel with the school to Scotland for the long weekend. Spending one free day in Edinburgh, students had the option to walk the famous Royal Mile, visit the Scottish Parliament and sip tea at the Elephant House Cafe (the birthplace of Harry Potter), among many more local attractions. With two planned day trips, the school took students to the Scottish Highlands to cruise the Loch Ness and to St. Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's oldest university. 

Long Weekend: Ireland
Thirty students enjoyed their first long weekend of the semester by traveling to Ireland with the school for four days of craic (Gaelic for "fun"). The home of Trinity College and the Guinness headquarters, the students stayed in the capitol of Dublin, taking day trips through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Destinations included the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway, Belfast and the daring rope bridge of Carrack-A-Rede. 

The Manor

House Competitions
The students hit the ground running with House competitions after being sorted into their respected Houses (Newton, Mercia, Pegasus or Gregory.) With Newton currently in the lead to win the House Cup and Key to the Manor, the Houses have competed in a trivia night, soccer tournament, jeopardy as well as many team builders during orientation

Pictured: Team Mercia during Orientation trying to put together a Tube Map Puzzle together

Pictured: Team Gregory after winning our trivia house competition.


The Community

Purple for Polio
We planted 10,000 purple crocus bulbs on the Harlaxton grounds as a part of the Purple for Polio campaign. This program is facilitated by the Rotary Club of Grantham. The campaign aims to spread awareness and raise media coverage to help eradicate polio. We are excited to be a site for this cause and are equally excited to see the crocus plants across the grounds in full bloom come spring.

Macmillan Coffee Morning
Students, faculty and staff, Meet-A-Family hosts, as well as members of the community gathered to enjoy coffee and cakes with all the proceeds going toward Macmillan cancer support. They had raffles and games all to raise money as well as making this a house competition for the students. The whole event was organized and run by our nursing students and faculty and was a huge success!

The Harlaxton Meet-A-Family program is one of many reasons why the Harlaxton College study abroad experience is so unique. Students, such as Susannah Frailey, attribute Meet-A-Family to being one of their favorite parts of their experience at Harlaxton.

Pictured: Student, Susannah Frailey, her father, and her Meet-A-Family hosts

"Bob and Wendy made the welcoming experience to Harlaxton even better. It was so reassuring to be welcomed by two people who were so excited to specifically meet me and get to show me the culture of the new place I now called home. When my family came to visit from the US, they welcomed us into their home and cooked us roast, which would have been a traditional Sunday meal. My host family has also been a blessing on week-to-week occurrences, as they have me over for dinner and we get a chance to talk about my week and things that are happening in their lives as well." - Susannah Frailey

The Lion's Roar
Looking for additional ways to keep up with the students? Follow the Harlaxton blog,
The Lion's Roar, for stories, insights and advice from current students living at the Manor. If alumni are interested in guest writing for The Lion's Roar please contact the Fall 2017 Media Intern Caroline Storer at 
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