Thursday 25 February 2021

British Museum Families - Museum from home | Become a time traveller!


A Young Friend Member in a gallery

Uncover historical cities this week and become a time-traveller!  

Follow our travel guides to learn more about the stories of well-known cities, past and present. For younger travellers, try our activity ideas to bring the city alive.  

All the best, 
Schools and Young Audiences 

John Bailey (1750–1819), View of the Parthenon from the Propylea. Hand-coloured aquatint after Edward Dodwell, 1819.

Athens, 5th century BC 

Journey back 2,500 years to Athens and explore classical Athenian culture – including theatre, food and shopping in this blog post by curator Alexandra Villing.

Sample your own ancient Greek delicacies and eat like an Athenian with recipes 

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Long view of London, from the South Bank, as it appeared before the fire of 1666. From John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain, 1611–1612. Engraving, 1610. Note the Rose and Globe theatres on the South Bank and the heads on spikes on London Bridge.

London, late 16th century 

Tour around Elizabethan London and discover more about how people entertained themselves without the internet in this blog post by curator Barrie Cook. 

Young travellers, did you know that the famous playwright William Shakespeare made up some words and phrases in his plays?

Can you make up words? Rip a piece of paper into about 10 pieces and on each piece write a word. The words can be verbs, nouns, adjectives – or any word you want! Pull out two pieces and decide which order you are going to put the two words in to join up and make your new word. What does your new word mean? Now try it with three words to make an even longer new word!  

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Akatsuki no Kanenari (1793–1860), Yodogawa ryogan shokei zue (Excellent Views of Both Banks of the Yodo River). Woodblock printed book, 1824.

Osaka, early 19th century 

Join us in Osaka, Japan in the 19th century and uncover this fascinating city. Explore the markets and sample the sushi in this blog post by curator Akiko Yano. 

You can make your own origami creatures inspired by Japanese prints using our handy blog post, complete with videos to guide you through the steps. Get crafty here

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