We’re fortunate in Britain to have such a comprehensive and engaging museum scene right at our fingertips in the capital, but keeping track of what’s happening at each location can be a time-consuming task.
To save teachers time, this week’s WST blog picks out the most fascinating events and attractions at London museums in 2014, with something for all areas of the curriculum.
Vikings: life and legend at the British Museum
The British Museum’s latest exhibition draws pupils in to the world of the Vikings, through a collection of artefacts including weapons, treasures and even real Viking skeletons, all surrounding the star of the show, a re-created 37-metre long Viking warship with original timbers. For an even more immersive adventure, The British Museum is holding Viking Adventures days, with dressing up, sword-fights and a screening of new documentary, Viking Adventures from the British Museum.
Science Nights at the Science Museum
Science Nights are an innovative formula from the Science Museum offering 7-13 year olds the opportunity to take part in a supervised overnight learning experience and sleepover at the Science Museum. Packages for school groups include a number of interactive workshops, scientific demonstrations and IMAX screenings, alongside the museum’s usual exhibitions and a complementary breakfast.
Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright at the V&A
To mark 450 years since Shakespeare’s Birth, the Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting an eight month exhibition exploring how the Bard’s works have influenced theatre over the centuries, through a combination of artefacts and commentary from modern day scholars.
Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London
Drawing on the recent popularity of the Sherlock Holmes novels, following television and film adaptations, The Museum of London seeks to uncover the truth about Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The exhibition aims to recreate the atmosphere of Holmes’ Victorian London through a number of original pieces, asking what has made the character such an enduring success.
Britain: One million years of the human story at the Natural History Museum
Essential viewing for any biology students, the Natural History Museum’s latest exhibition tells the story of how humans came to be what they are today, featuring highly-realistic sculpted models of the various stages of human evolution.
First World War Galleries at the Imperial War Museum
While currently closed, the Imperial War Museum will reopen in mid-July, transformed into a ground-breaking First World War Gallery to commemorate the Centenary of the Great War. Alongside an extensive collection of WW1 artwork and memorabilia, the exhibition also features a Horrible Histories®: Spies section for younger visitors.
Want to discover which UK attractions are covering your class’ latest topic this year? Get in touch with WST for guidance on planning the ideal educational trip.