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, using tools like the Rosetta Stone and other ancient inscriptions. 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.
Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.
My background is classics and the ancient world generally, with focus on Roman culture and religion. My graduate work has focused on the late Roman world and the emergence of Christianity. My area of specialization is the fourth century Latin West but I’m very comfortable talking about most topics of Roman social and cultural history and any aspect of early Christian history. I’ve done significant research on Christian martyrology, Roman inscriptions, the catacombs at Rome, and early asceticism. Some of my favourite things to talk about are Roman letters (e.g. Vindolanda), relics, ‘Romanisation’ and ‘de-Romanisation’, and the ways that we can glimpse moments of everyday life and universal human experience through artefacts and texts.
Helena Meskanen is an archaeologist, who has recently completed her PhD at King's College London, where her research focused on ancient Spartan religion and archaeology. She regularly goes to do fieldwork in Greece, but she has also excavated in Italy, Israel, Scotland and her native Finland. Helena is passionate about the wonderful and fascinating objects in the British Museum, and she is keen to show people her favourites from among the famous and not-so-famous artefacts.
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