- 3 hours
- British Museum
- 3 hours with a PhD or MA level guide
- The Enlightenment Room: trace Sir Hans Sloane’s founding collection and its extraordinary journey to the present. Discover some of the collectors who have shaped the museum over the past four centuries.
- Ancient Egyptian afterlife: from mummification to magic and ‘immortalizing’ animals, you will be able to navigate the history and significance of death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt. (Also, the museum’s world-renowned collection of coffins, tombs, portraits and amulets & fabled Book of the Dead)
- Ancient Egyptian Sculpture: statues of kings and gods, monumental tomb architecture and ancient tomb reliefs spanning 3000 years, including the colossal bust of Ramesses II and the Rosetta Stone.
- China and South Asia: explore the development of these civilizations from 5000 BC to the present day, through objects ranging from Ming Dynasty porcelain to South Asian sculpture.
- Japan: from Samurai architecture to contemporary manga, discover the breadth and beauty of Japanese culture and how both continuity and change have shaped Japan’s past and present.
- Ancient Greece: venture into Ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the conquests of Alexander the Great to the last of the Hellenic kingdoms to fall to Rome. Uncover fascinating finds from Mycenaean and Greek pottery to iconic sculptures, including the monuments of the Athenian Acropolis.
- Ancient Rome: explore this extraordinary culture from its relatively humble origins to its zenith as one of the most powerful empires in the world. Discover the impact of Ancient Greece and the reigns of emperors including Augustus and Hadrian, through this collection of mosaics, pottery, jewellery, coins, bronzes and marble statues.
Interested in the a different museum in London? Check out out Churchill War Room Tours or our Tate Modern Crash Course Tour.
Andrew completed a PhD in Classics at King's College London where he specialised in how the Classical world shaped British politics and culture. His research interests range from Ancient Greece to the British empire, and he has tutored secondary school children in everything from Tudor England to the Second World War. Andrew especially loves the eclectic historical landscape of London which allows one to find ancient ruins or historic pubs amongst the modern city. He teaches ancient history to undergraduates at King's College London and is a keen cyclist and runner.
Maurizio is originally from Cortona, Italy. He studied as an interpreter and continued on with a second University Degree in Languages and Visual Arts in Siena (with Honours). He worked as teacher, interpreter and guide in Italy until 1990 the year when he settled in London. Since then he qualified as a Blue Badge Guide and City Guide. He receive a third University Degree in Philosophy and Theology University of Louvain (Belgium) London campus (Allen Hall). He attended visual arts courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery and City Lit. He has become an Art Expert for Tate Galleries. Alongside with his guiding, he is also tutoring and lecturing for the Tate Galleries and the Institute of Tourist Guiding (History of Art).
Alan was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalogue essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.