The Programme

English Faith & Culture From Reformation to Catholic Revival

This year’s Second Spring Summer School will run for two weeks, with its base in central Oxford. We will take day trips from there to nearby sites, as well as exploring the riches of ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’ together. Your time will be divided between classroom-based lectures, walking tours and seminars on location, sightseeing, cultural activities, and free time to allow you to pursue your own interests at your own pace.

Before you travel to join us for the programme, we will provide you with a suggested reading list of history and literature, alongside an art portfolio, to help you prepare for the course.

Previous Years

Here are some sample schedules from previous years:


And here are some photographs from previous years.

What About This Year?

This year, we are delighted to have secured Rebekah Lamb as an in-house tutor to oversee the programme. Dr Lamb is from the Institute of Theology, Imagination and the Arts in Scotland, but she is also an alumna of the very first Second Spring Summer School and of The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Other lecturers will include internationally-recognised specialists and excellent teachers Clare Asquith, Gerard Kilroy, Holly Ordway, and Michael Ward. You can learn more about our faculty here.

We are planning to take you to the following sites:

  • Stonor Park, home of a long-standing recusant family and once a shelter for Edmund Campion and his illicit printing press.
  • Uffington to see the “White Horse” of Chesterton’s Ballad and the remains of an Iron Age fort.
  • London to see Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the Tower of London.
  • William Morris‘ house, Kelmscott Manor, in the Cotswolds.
  • Newman’s “College” in Littlemore.
  • The G.K. Chesterton Library.
  • C.S. Lewis’ house, The Kilns.

When the full schedule is fixed, we will post it here.


N.B. The above is subject to change, should circumstances arise beyond our control.