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Enlightenment at the British Museum - guided tour
Wed 22 March 2017, 10:30 – 12:00 GMT
Today, this wonderful public museum ranks as the treasure house of cultures and civilisations from around the entire planet, 'The World's Museum' as much as 'The British Museum'.
Yet have you ever wondered what view of mankind and the world around them underpinned the philosophy of the pioneers of this innovative institution? Who were the movers and shakers who inspired this catalogue of the natural world?
On this tour led by Blue Badge tourist guide Mark King, we will focus on a single, significant room - the Enlightenment Gallery. Here, in London's largest neo-classical space we'll hear stories, meet characters, see 'curiosities' and appreciate the self-imposed mission set by a small band of influential, enlightened gentlefolk in the 17th and 18th centuries.
On our wide-ranging journey - as if we ourselves are latter-day Grand Tourists - we'll encounter Wedgwood jasperware, the Piranesi Vase, false arms, mastodons and mammoths, 'the devil's toe-nails', Hans Sloane's unmarried daughters, Joseph Banks, Captain Cook, Daniel Solander (and Carl von Linné), Druids, Bronze Age man, Hellenists, Hamilton and, of course, hieroglyphs.
Meeting point inside the Museum, to be confirmed before the tour date.