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Located in the beautiful Bloomsbury neighborhood, the British Museum holds one of the richest and most eclectic public art collections in the world. From the Rosetta Stone, to the lion hunt, to the king's palace at Nineveh, the museum is packed full of artwork that can enhance your family's understanding of the ancient world. Our walk begins just outside the museum, where we'll learn how it was founded and how the passion for collecting is still at the core of this incredible institution today. From here we'll go inside and, using fun educational tools, pick a theme or a particular civilization and follow its development throughout time. We may, for instance, focus on the development of scripture from cuneiform to hieroglyphic to our modern alphabet. We'll also make sure to include a visit to the Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon marbles and, depending on the children’s interests, may also focus on the development of civilization in England.
Note: In order to plan the best possible experience for your children, it would be helpful for us to 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.
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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 has worked at the Peruvian site of Pachacamac since 2004, and has worked in Egypt since 2012. He currently directs a major excavation in northern Egypt, at a site dating to c.3000 BC, and also works with historical forensics at sites connected to the Spanish Civil War. He lectured in bioarchaeology at the University of London and the University of Winchester from 2004-2021, and has written extensively on bioarchaeology and osteology in a range of academic journals and edited volumes. He is particularly interested in palaeontology, art history, the rise of civilisation and the history of London. He has developed a particularly irreverent guiding style that appeals to children from 5 to 105!
Helena Meskanen is an archaeologist, with a PhD from King's College London, where her research focused on ancient Spartan religion and archaeology. As a field archaeologist, she has worked in Greece, Italy, Israel, Scotland and her native Finland, and loves talking about the challenges, possibilities and realities of fieldwork. She has lived in London for 9 years, and finds the city's endless layers of history fascinating. From the British Museum to Roman London, from the Great fire of London to the shiny modern skyscrapers, there is always an interesting corner or an alley to explore.
Originally from Sweden, Frederika lived in Berlin and Chicago before settling in London. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature with focus on Classics from Northwestern University. She has also earned a BA and MA in Ancient Studies and Religious History respectively from the Freie Universität, Berlin and has several seasons of archaeological fieldwork around Greece under her belt. She combines these diverse fields in her research, which explores how ancient myths and images have lived on in modern art and literature. She has a particular interest in the history of museums and how our way of engaging with and looking at the past has shifted over generations. She works just up the road from the British Museum and will happily share all the reasons why she thinks Bloomsbury is one of the most charming areas of central London.
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