Sunken Cities at the British Museum.
What a way to start the summer holidays! Whilst monster 2 was enjoying his last day at nursery and a Hawaiian themed party before his summer break, me, nanny and the other two monsters went off on a London adventure!!
We don’t live far from London which means I like to plan a trip up here at least every six months. Yesterday we travelled by train, I had snapped up an offer in The Sun for a family travel card. This meant we got the extra bonus of £5 off our train fare meaning for 2 adults and an 8 year old was £16. (Train fare is the main reason we don’t travel into London more so I think this could be a huge benefit for us and a great reason to plan more visits!) We travelled into Charing Cross and from their the museum is a 15-20 minute walk. Whilst I felt confident guiding us to the museum, my mum felt the need to confirm I knew what I was talking about and so asked a friendly Met Police Officer if we were heading the right way, he said no …. He was wrong!!
Fortunately we didn’t head to far in the wrong direction and a friendly tourist guide at Leicester Square confirmed I knew what I was talking about (I’m not smug about this … At all😂) but the bonus was he gave us a map (extra reassurance for my mum) and pointed out some spots we may like to take in on the way. (Some of which my Grandad had worked on in his days of being a stone mason, it’s like his legacy that makes me smile even after his gone.)
We have also been taken over by the craze of Pokemon Go and managed to catch some apparently “well cool rare ones” on our walk to and from the museum…we even got photo bombed by a delivery driver wanting to join in the fun!
Hello To My Inner Boffin!
The British Museum. The outside, the inside, the artefacts and exhibitions all has me in total awe I love it here! We were here specifically to see the Ancient Egyptian artefacts and exhibitions because that’s what Monster1 will be studying on his return to school in September, so to support the summer homework and spark his interests we were going to seeand hear all about it.
At the moment the Sunken Cities Exhibition is on loan to the museum for 6 months, this is the first large scale exhibition of underwater archaeological discoveries. You can watch videos around the exhibition of how some of the 300 artefacts were rediscovered beneath the Mediterranean Sea bed. There are just over 200 of the items discovered and excavated in the two lost Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus.
The moment I walked in the monumental statue of Hapy, a 5.4metre 6tonne sculpture took my breath I just stood staring for ages. I can’t put all the questions and wonder that rush through your head into writing. When you are in front of such a colossal object, the years it’s been preserved, the way it’s been reduscovered to tell its tale once again. Now it’s here in front of me.
It continues with five parts of the exhibition with a trail of intricate artefacts including jewellery, coins, statues, and sculptures.
Whilst the finds have allowed them to discover so much there is still so much more left to discover.
Discovering More of Ancient Egypt
After a quick stop off in the shop, we headed back to the train station. The visit overall was amazing, the only downfall would be pram accessibility and the fact for security you have to have them attached to your hip, it’s understandable but also really difficult and uncomfortable when trying to manoeuvre around.
Entry to The British Museum is Free. Entry to The Sunken Cities Exhibition is £16.50 with members and under 16s getting in free, it will be at the museum until 27th November 2016.
There are tons of online resources that can be found online for ancient Egypt below are some articles and videos I found really interesting to watch and read about the exhibition.
At the end of the Summer I’ll share our learning and his project his doing with Nanny ready for year 5.
Day 1 done … Thank goodness Saturday was a garden kinda day!