- 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?
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.
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.
Christopher Gallacher is a classical archaeologist and art historian, having recently graduated with an MSt in Classical Archaeology from Corpus Christi College, Oxford following undergraduate studies at University College, London. Christopher focuses on the art and archaeology of the Roman imperial period (especially its sculpture) and classical Greece (especially its painted vases). Although born, bred and educated in London, he remains connected to Scotland, where he has been an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland since 2014. He is interested in the study of empire and imperialism in the ancient world, a field enriched by the Roman sites which London and the UK have to offer. He has extensive experience working with a number of internationally important UK collections. Christopher is also an archaeological photographer whose photography has been published in a number of journals.