Lectures were brought to life for a group of students who learnt about the history of Stowe from a veteran tour guide.
Barbara Edmondson, president of the university’s support group, The Friends of Buckingham University, led history of art students around the gardens.
History of art lecturer Dr Adriano Aymonino, was present for part of the tour.
She offered to take them round to show them just what a natural beauty spot they have on their doorsteps and how significant it is in historical terms.
Barbara, of Buckingham, said: “It was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the students – they were fascinated and asked lots of questions.”
Student Jason Lester added: “I learnt a lot. It was a really enjoyable way to study. I will be returning to Stowe.”
They were also taken around Stowe House by one of the house’s guides. The group of history of art students have been studying 18th century architecture so the visit helped cement knowledge from their lectures.
As well as learning about Stow,e some students were also keen to help with the wide range of volunteer work available at Stowe. One student is hoping to work in the bakery at the refurbished New Inn cafe and another may be interested in learning to become a tour guide.
Some of the students who study heritage management may also be able to get involved with the heritage management work which is done at Stowe House. Some students have become members of Stowe.