Tower Project Sensory Object co-researchers visit The British Museum focussing on the the Enlightenment Gallery, we were joined by visitors to the Rix Centre from Austria.
Below is our programme plan for the day.
Sam began our day with showing me a drawing she had made about the Sensory Objects project.
We were welcomed to the museum by their Access and Equality manager Jane Samuels.
Jane gave us an image of Sir Hans Sloane and asked our group to see if they could spot the painting as they entered Room 2.
Jane said that when we found the painting we would find Hilary Williams who would give us a talk about Sir Hans Sloane, his collection and the Enlightenment Gallery see picture below.
Hilary asked our co-researchers how old is the Earth? See picture below.
Based on the Bible people used to think it was 400 years old but when people discovered fossils they realised it was millions of years old.
Hilary explained that the Enlightenment Gallery contained collections of natural things like shells, animals, mineral rocks and fossils and things made by humans such as tools and artworks.
After lunch our co-researchers were asked to choose an object in the Enlightenment Gallery that they liked and would like more information about. We asked them to consider what sensory information their object had and if they would like more. How would if feel if you could touch it? smell if you could sniff it etc Below are some of their choices, Justin chose a replica of silver cup.
Adalana the replica of the Pitt Diamond.
Close up of replica Pitt Diamond that Adalana chose.
Emen chose a carved foot in a sandel.
Tim chose a miniature Egyptian mummy sarcophagus.
Ryan chose Chinese Plates.
Julie chose a stuffed heron which she made some notes about.
Sam and Noelle talk about shell collection and how it reminded her of her mum who lived by the sea.
Michael chose a big bowl
Judith chose objects from Africa
Some of the group tried out the British Museum handling table, they enjoyed using the magnifying glass to view the objects.
Katy at handling table holding a flint.
Our co-researchers collected thoughts and stories about the chosen object (see pictures below), ready to talk about their chosen object when we meet at the Rix Centre next week.
Tim with his notes