Top UK museums – The British Museum

Top UK Museums – The British Museum.

So I have decided to make the most of the remainder of my maternity leave and take some trips with my daughter.. ( and sometimes bring the husband) to visit the top museums in the UK. The British Museum was on the list already for our trip to London in December, so this is where I will start.

2016 review British Museum
The British museum London 2016 review.

About the British Museum.

The British Museum was founded in 1753. Proudly the first National Public Museum in the World and it is free to enter and explore. The galleries feature artefacts from across the globe.  Collections include Americas, Ancient Egypt, Africa, Asia, Ancient Rome and Greece, Europe and the Middle East. There are also Themes including Enlightenment ,Collecting the world and Living and Dying .

The Star of the Show.

The Rosetta stone is the most interesting and iconic artefact you will find in the British Museum. A ground breaking discovery containing script in both ancient Greek and Hieroglyphics. Meaning we can now decipher the meaning of Hieroglyphics today.

Rosetta stone

My favourite place.

The enlightenment gallery! From reading the titles of the historic books to the busts and sculptures dotting the room. This is my favourite place to walk through and explore within the museum.

As described by the British museum itself: The Enlightenment was an age of reason and learning that flourished across Europe and America from about 1680 to 1820. This rich and diverse permanent exhibition uses thousands of objects to demonstrate how people in Britain understood their world during this period. It is housed in the King’s Library, the former home of the library of King George III.

Enlightenment.

Some other great exhibits.

The Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece exhibits are undisputed  amongst the most interesting exhibits  in the museum. If not only purely due to the scale of some of the items on display.  Partial temples and giant statues will transport you back to ancient times as you wander through these fascinating pieces.

Facilities.

The facilities here are actually pretty great. Especially for families! There’s a family centre with lockers to store pushchairs and any other luggage, benches and tables to eat packed lunches and feed babies and ample changing facilities. There’s a restaurant and two cafes with a good selection of food and drinks on offer with plenty of seating. The museum is wheelchair accessible and easy to get about for wheelchair users.  There is also a large gift shop with a lovely wide selection of souvenirs and replicas.

Download a floor plan here  https://www.britishmuseum.org/PDF/pdfA4_allfloors.pdf

Floor plan

Getting there and when to visit.

The museum is easily reached by walking from London Euston train station and the nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road and Holborn.

Admission to the British museum is free and is open daily 10.00–17.30 and on Fridays until 20.30.

I have to say I’m very proud of this museum and would recommend more people in the UK to visit. Have you been? What was your favourite part? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

How traveling has made me less British

How traveling has made me less British

Traveling has made me less British (Slightly)

How traveling has made me less British

I know there is a British stereotype. We are reserved, ‘the stiff upper lip’. However I have never included myself as a stereotypical Brit. On reflection I have realised just how much of these traits I carry with me. This being said I have changed through visiting different places and traveling has made me less British.

Whilst abroad I have noticed just how British I am sometimes, and have learned a few things along the way. It’s strange how much you learn more about your own culture when you experience others.

Saying sorry

‘Oh I’m sorry’ (You clearly just bumped into me but I’m going to apologise anyway..) Why on earth do we feel like we have to say sorry on every occasion.

‘I’m sorry, can I get the bill please?’

‘I’m sorry, I would like to buy this please’

I have heard myself say sorry in situations that are totally unnecessary. Whilst traveling I have realised that not only do I sound ridiculous but no one else does this. I have made an effort to quit the habit. I no longer apologise unless I really really mean it!

traveling made me less British

Sharing a table with strangers

There isn’t a table free. Well we will have to find somewhere else. For some reason British people like their space. What we might have to talk to other people?

I’m now quite happy to embrace the long tables and benches in beer halls, restaurants and bars. I can ask if the two chairs are free in a table of four in a bar that I want to try (without apologising for it). Actually sometimes sitting and speaking to others has added to our experiences. I have learned that these situations don’t have to be as awkward as they initially seemed. I might now be one of the annoying people who makes conversation..

Queuing

So, we like an orderly queue in Britain. But this is not the case in some other places I have visited. I was surprised to find ‘mob queuing’ at attractions in the USA. No orderly lines or formality, just kind of herding along. I found the same in other countries too especially at airports where there seems to be no rules in queuing for passport control!

I think it’s because we don’t want to offend? But I am no longer embarrassed, to save myself time when traveling I am still polite but just go with it!

Speaking up

I would never speak up. I could wait forever to get a bill. Never want to be included in a debate or a show, or ask a question on a tour.

I am still working on this skill which for other nationalities seems to come naturally. However I am much better than I used to be. I danced on stage at a lady boy show in Chiang Mai and got attention in a restaurant in Venice when others were being ignored.   A small start but I am getting there. 🙂

The great thing is there are some things that have changed for the better. AND I have spoken to so many people who love Great Britain!

Traveling made me less British
Traveling has made me less British

I am proud to be British. I love the Royal Family especially the Queen. I love the currency, the history, afternoon tea and fish and chips! Oh and of course the good old British pub!

It’s a shame that flying the Union Jack has become a symbol of racism in Britain today. Visiting other countries has made me understand there is nothing wrong with patriotism. Whilst wandering around many cities such as Venice and Barcelona you will see many flags flying proudly.

So although I have lost some of my British ways, traveling has helped me to become a better person. More open-minded and accepting of differences. I have found qualities in other cultures that I want to develop and find in myself.

Do you agree? Tell me what you think…