Historians tour Russia

By Jonathan Selby, Head of History

The History Department’s recent tour for 26 6.2s began in Moscow and included Red Square and access to the inner sanctum of The Kremlin and the fabulous gilded state rooms of The Grand Kremlin Palace, not normally open to tourists. Lenin’s tomb, The Tretyakov Gallery, The Russian Circus and the Armoury with Tsarist Relics and Fabergé Eggs made the Moscow section of the tour very full. An overnight sleeper then swept us to St Petersburg where our tour included The Hermitage (by the banks of the still-frozen Neva) and an evening of Russian folk music, as well as a visit to Kirov’s Apartment amongst other visits. Russia is absorbing and wildly different and the contrasting culture and its history make for constant surprise and often amazement. The students were mature and delightful company and the trip was a mighty success.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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