- 2.5 hours
Start your weekend the right way, with an exclusive Friday evening tour of the British Museum. You'll tour the museum in the company of a local expert whilst you sip on a tipple of your choice, such as champagne. The British Museum boasts a very international collection, containing some of the most significant objects and discoveries in human history. From the Rosetta Stone to the ever controversial Parthenon Marbles, discover how the narrative of this collection has been shaped by time and how, in turn, these objects have shaped our history.
Delve into the intrigues and nuances of the collection with one of our archaeologists or historians and start the weekend with a better understanding of this iconic British institution and its awe-inspiring insight into a truly diverse range of cultures.
Our tour takes place on Fridays, in the early evening, when the museum is exceptionally open late. At the end of the tour, we'll top the experience with a drink, included in the price of the tour, in the company of your expert guide.
Where does the tour start? Where does it end?
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.
Amara is a historian of archaeology, with a PhD from University College London. She has always been interested in history and biography, and her research helps to bring hidden histories to light! Through her knowledge of archives and records she uncovers the stories behind digs and discoveries, and reveals the biographies of adventurous archaeologists of the past, both men and women. She also has a keen interest in the history of popular culture and archaeology – including literature, film, radio and television. Her first book, Archaeologists in Print: Publishing for the People, was published in 2018. She blogs at www.readingroomnotes.com.
Don Brown is a London Blue Badge Guide, the Director of the London Society and a graduate of New College Oxford. He previously worked in publishing, for publications as diverse as History Today, The Spectator and The Guardian. His interests and specialisms encompass history - from the Romans to the present day, politics, WW2, and ‘60s and ‘70s popular music, and as director of the London Society he has a professional interest in architecture (contemporary and historical), planning and urbanism.