British Museum for Families with Helena Meskanen

British Museum for Families with Helena Meskanen

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The British Museum houses a unique collection of objects from around the world, and this family-friendly discussion focuses on a selection of the most exciting and fun examples. During this hour we will discuss what archaeology is, and how the museum came to be, and then embark on a journey through the Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Greek collections.

We will discuss the hieroglyphs from Egypt, and how they were deciphered with the help of the most famous object in the museum: the Rosetta stone. The kids will learn how to write their names in hieroglyphs, so prepare some pens and paper! Then we will move on to the Egyptian mummies, and discuss how the ancient Egyptians went about mummifying their dead. Next, we will move to ancient Mesopotamia, and discuss how people there beat boredom with board games, both at home and at work. Finally, we will take a tour of ancient Greek pottery and sculpture to discuss the most famous myths from Greece. You will learn about centaurs, the Olympian gods, and the Trojan war.

Led by archaeologist Helena Meskanen, this interactive discussion will explore the most exciting objects in the British Museum. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of life in ancient cultures.

Dr. Helena Meskanen is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Greece, with research focusing on ancient Spartan religion. She has been leading tours of the British Museum for 3 years and feels passionate about the wide range of objects on display, and the stories they tell about the museum and the cultures that created them.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.