Day 2 2017: Walking Victorian London and The British Museum

We had another great day in London today!  We met at 9 am in Russell Square Park for a short class discussion.  Everyone seemed well rested after getting a night’s sleep.  Before getting that well-deserved rest last night, several of the students sampled some traditional British fare, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie.  At our class, we talked about evolution, natural selection, and the concept of “survival of the fittest”, especially about the definition of “fittest”.  At 10 am we took the tube to Monument.  Monument was designed by Christopher Wren (and his good friend, Dr. Robert Hooke) to commemorate the great fire of London in 1666.  It was built between 1671 and 1677 and is 202 feet tall.  The is exactly the distance between the monument and the site where the fire started on Pudding Lane.  Some of the students took all 311 steps to the top and we rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of London.  At 11 am we met our London Walks guide, Richard, who took us on a great tour of “Darkest Victorian London”.  Richard told us about what like was like for Londoners during the Victorian time period (1837 – 1901).  We learned about the excitement for innovation and invention, but we also learned about the great poverty, disease and hardship that characterized this time period.   We saw many sites related to Charles Dickens’ novels and enjoyed walking the streets of London.

After we finished our walking tour,  we headed back to Bloomsbury on the tube.  We enjoyed a quick lunch break and then met to go to the British Museum where the students spent some time investigating an exhibit of their choice.  After an hour or so we met up again and the students each took the group back to an object that they wanted to discuss.  Once again we are relating history with human nature as the students develop their ideas for their final projects.

After we finished at the British Museum, we discussed plans for tonight and tomorrow. Tonight some of us are going to shows and others plan to enjoy some time doing some other things in the Bloomsbury area.  Tomorrow we will meet early and, after a brief class discussion, we will hop on the tube to go to the Museum of Natural History. We will tour the Museum and enjoy a private behind the scenes tour of the Darwin Center. Tomorrow evening we will be going to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to enjoy a performance of Romeo and Juliet.  We are all enjoying our time in London and look forward to another great day tomorrow. Thanks to all of the students for being so great to work with.  Cheers from London!

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~ by Dr. Musa on May 31, 2017.

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