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Walk Description

One of the largest repositories of ancient art in the world, the British Museum provides an amazing backdrop to a family-oriented seminar on the ancient world and its traditions, religions, and lives. Located in the beautiful Bloomsbury neighborhood, the museum holds one of the richest and most eclectic public art collections in the world. From the Rosetta Stone to the lion hunt from the king's palace at Nineveh, the museum is packed full of artwork that can enhance your family's understanding of the ancient world.

The walk will focus on the idea of collecting and how it developed in England around the eighteenth century. We will also pick a theme or a particular civilization and follow its development throughout time while navigating the museum. We may, for instance, focus on the development of scripture from cuneiform to hieroglyphic to our modern alphabet, using tools like the Rosetta Stone and other ancient inscriptions.

In order to plan the best possible experience for your children, it would be helpful for us know some background. Have they traveled to other countries in the past? If so, where? Have they studied any subjects in school that would relate to the walk? Are they interested in art, music, even food? The more you can tell us, the better.

Learn more about our family program here.


Duration: 2 hours
Category: Family Program
Venues: British Museum
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    Caroline Barron

    After a very happy time leading walks for Context in Rome, Caroline returned to her native London 6 years ago to complete a Masters degree in Classics at King's College London. Now in the final year of her Ph.D., researching the collection of Latin Inscriptions during the Grand Tour. Whilst much has been made of the sculptures brought back to England by the Grand Tourists of the 18th Century, little has been said about the inscriptions also collected, or the tourist's engagement with them, so her research is looking to fill that gap. The project is closely connected with the British Museum, which is also conveniently one of her favourite London destinations. When not leading walks for Context, Caroline can usually be found in the British Library, teaching Undergrad courses in the Classics department at KCL, or in one of London's many lovely parks with her dog.

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    Sarah Ciacci

    Sarah Ciacci has lived and worked in London all her life, but pops over to Rome fairly often. After completing her MA in History of Art at University College London, specialising in late 19th Century French Painting and mid 20th Century Art, she has worked in different areas of the contemporary art world in both London and Rome, before deciding to focus on gallery education. This necessitated a far greater knoweldge base, so Sarah trained to be a guide and qualified as a City of London Guide and as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide in 2008. She now works as a guide, specialising in Museums and Galleries as well as tours for children and young people, she teaches courses in art history and the history of London at the University of Richmond and works as a gallery educator at the National Portrait Gallery and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, specialising in tours for older people and people with Dementia.

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    Philippa Owen

    Philippa is an Oxford educated historian with specialist training in Art History. A qualified teacher with over 15 years experience as a resident guide and teacher at Dulwich Picture Gallery. For the last two years she has been on an intensive course learning about this great city. A Londoner all her adult life, she enjoys all aspects of the city, from the architecture to the food markets, from the parks and riverside walks to the galleries and city churches. Her particular interests are the quirkier, less well-known places which only a long standing Londoner gets to know.

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    Lawrence Owens

    Lawrence travelled and excavated extensively in Israel, Jordan and Egypt before attending the University of Durham where he studied archaeology. He specialised in ancient human remains during his Masters' at Liverpool University Medical School, followed by a year of travel and excavation in the UK and Africa. He won a scholarship to attend University College London, where he wrote his Doctorate on ancient populations of the Western Mediterranean basin and the Canary Islands. He currently lecture at Birkbeck College, University of London. He carries out research at London's Natural History Museum and spends several months each year working on a major archaeological project in Peru. He is also connected with excavations in Egypt, Bolivia, California, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Spain, where he works with a forensic unit recovering the fallen from the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War. In addition to his research, he has interests in the classical world, ancient Assyria, geology, palaeontology, twentieth century art history and the history of London.

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    Ruth Shlovsky

    Born in London, Ruth has also lived in Israel for many years.
    She trained at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, where she studied Voice and Piano and received a degree in performance in both instruments.
    She is also a qualified Music teacher and for many years taught Music to children and adults of all ages.
    Returning to London in 2000, Ruth undertook a number of intensive courses learning about the History of this great City which she loves. She recently earned an MA in Art History and just enrolled in a PhD program.

    Ruth has a particular interest in Jewish London and loves taking people round the atmospheric markets, little alleyways and old synagogues bringing the sometimes turbulent history of the old Jewish quarter to life.
    She also has a keen interest in the Artistic and Musical history of London and has created walks which illustrate the musical and artistic diversity of this city through Handel and Jimmy Hendrix, to 2000 year old Roman archeology and 21st C modern art.

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    Daniela Arroyo

    Daniela Arroyo Barrantes is an archaeologist currently reading for the PhD in Archaeology at University of Cambridge, with the support of a prestigious Cambridge Trust scholarship. She holds a masters in Archaeology from University College London (UCL) and a bachelors degree in Classical and Near East archaeology from University of Rome. She has fieldwork experience in Italy, as well as in the Middle East and South America.

    Daniela has several years of experience as tour guide in the Vatican City and Rome, where she offered walks on Ancient Rome and Renaissance art and architecture. She is originally from Costa Rica and she speaks English, Italian, French and Spanish, and she is currently learning Turkish.

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    anna harnden tryon

    Anna Harnden is an independent curator working on historic and contemporary exhibitions for public institutions such as the British Museum as well as contemporary commercial exhibitions at her own gallery. Having lived in London for over eight years and working within and with many of its institutions, Anna enjoys providing the occasional 'behind the scenes' moments as part of her tours.

    Throughout her career she has curated exhibitions and displays for the British Museum including Treasures of Heaven: Saints, relics and devotion in Medieval Europe and historic and contemporary collections in Treasures of the World's Culture. Prior to this she managed the Southwark Art Collection and worked at The Wallace Collection. Whilst studying for a BA in History of Art and an MA in curating at the Courtauld Institute she co-curated the contemporary art exhibition East Wing VIII On Time including Anthony Gormley and Mark Wallinger and the exhibition Once Upon a Time Artists and Storytelling including Paul Gauguin and Tracey Emin.