Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Dr John Wreglesworth

Dr John Wreglesworth is an independent scholar who has enjoyed leading tours for Australians Studying Abroad since 1998, exploring European culture and history from Portugal to Russia. After gaining an honours degree in History and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education at Manchester University, he went on to obtain a doctorate in medieval history at Leeds University. Over the years he has given papers at international conferences on the UK and Tunisia. John’s long career as teacher/lecturer in schools, colleges and universities has always been matched by an equal enthusiasm for travel around the world.

An abiding love-affair over many years with Spain and Portugal, and their overseas territories in the Americas, is still being strengthened by regular visits to the Iberian peninsula. His research work, teaching programmes as well as personal interest, have ensured a wide-ranging knowledge of Europe’s history and its cultural treasures. Over the past decade John has guided many ASA groups across Europe, from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean sea and from Portugal to Russia – although, obviously, not at the same time! John considers himself fortunate that while having the pleasure of exploring some of the world’s finest art, architecture and culture in the company of like-minded travellers, he has made many new friends through ASA tours.

Awards include
  • Centre for Mediterranean Studies Fellowship (2000 – 2004)
  • Canada Blanch Foundation Research Award (1991 – 1992)
  • Schoolmaster Fellowship: Liverpool University (1990)
  • Currently working on a book surveying medieval chronicles
  • Various entries in the Encyclopaedia of Medieval Chronicles (Brill 2011)
  • Various entries in the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages (OUP 2010)
  • ‘The Secret Life of the Historia Silense’ in From Orosius to the Historia Silense: Four Essays on Late Antique and Early Medieval Historiography of the Iberian Peninsula (Bristol 2005)
  • Various entries in The New Catholic Encyclopaedia (2003)
  • *’Tangier; England’s Forgotten Colony’ in La Grande Bretagne et le Maghreb: Etat de Recherches et Contacts Culturels (Tangier 2001)
Past Tours

John first joined ASA in 1998 and has since led over 60 ASA tours including programs to Spain, Portugal, France, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Russia and Peru. More recently he has led:

  • Barcelona to Valencia: Along the Orange Blossom Coast (2014)
  • Andalucia: Christians & Muslims in Southern Spain (2006 – 2014)
  • Art & Culture in Spain (1999 – 2016)
  • Silver Coast and Golden River: Art, Architecture & Culture of Portugal (2001 – 2016)
  • Medieval France & Spain: the Pilgrim Routes to Santiago de Compostela (1998, 2000, 2007, 2015)
  • Peru: More than Machu Picchu (2013)
  • Russia’s Romantic Soul: Moscow & St Petersburg (2011 – 2013)
  • The Habsburg Cities: Budapest, Vienna, Prague & Bohemia (2010, 2012, 2014)
  • Catalonia & Beyond: Hidden Treasures of Modern Spain (2004 – 2006)
  • Heritage Cities of the Baltic: Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki & the Savonlinna Opera Festival (2010)
  • Imperial Cities of the North (St Petersburg) (1999)
  • Russia: Princes, Tsars and Emperors (1998)
  • Trade and Conquest in the North: St Petersburg and Scandinavia