London, May 7, 2023 — An exciting celebration is set to take place on Sunday, May 7, 2023, from 11:00 to 16:00 at the British Museum. The event aims to honor the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen, and everyone is invited to join in the festivities.
The Commonwealth Children’s Choir will be the highlight of the day, performing inspiring music from around the world in the Great Court from 12:00 to 13:00. Led by Conductor Alice Gentenaar and Assistant Conductor Ian Wilson, the choir has gained recognition for its use of music as a means of international dialogue.
Visitors of all ages can enjoy a range of activities throughout the event. Drop-in activities include Giant Chess and other lawn games on the Front Lawn, suitable for ages 5 and above. Families can also embark on the “Find Tom in Time: Objects of Power” trail, which allows them to explore and discover objects of significance across the Museum. The trail is suitable for ages 5 and above.
For those feeling artistic, there will be Coronation-inspired arts and crafts in the south-east corner of the Great Court. Families can work together to create heart-shaped pompom keyrings and design and wear crowns fit for royalty. Additionally, families can create special wrist ties as a meaningful memento of the day. These activities, delivered by the London Borough of Camden Adult and Community Learning Team, are suitable for ages 5 and above and have limited spaces available.
Participants can also engage in royal games at the south-west corner of the Great Court. Games like senet, an ancient Egyptian game, and other games from around the world will be available. Limited spaces are available for these games, which are suitable for ages 5 and above.
Throughout the event, families can take part in online Museum Missions featured in six galleries, challenging each other with various tasks. Activity backpacks and Museum explorer trails can be obtained from the Families Desk, providing a comprehensive exploration of different cultures and time periods on display.
To satisfy hunger during the celebration, the south-west corner café will host the Big Lunch Out, offering specially prepared menus from Benugo. Quiches, Pimms cup drinks, and cupcakes will be served, allowing visitors to indulge in a culinary treat. Cupcakes will also be available at other cafes within the Museum.
For those unable to attend, the British Museum offers access to their remarkable collection online. Visitors can explore powerful images of rulers from around the world at britishmuseum.org/collection.
To enhance the museum experience, visitors can utilize the Audio app, which provides expert commentaries on 250 highlighted objects from the collection. Headphones can be brought along or purchased from the Guide Desk and British Museum Shop.
The British Museum is thrilled to announce a series of captivating activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. From arts and crafts to interactive games and immersive experiences, there’s something for everyone at this renowned institution.
Drop-in: Coronation-inspired Arts and Crafts Time: 11:00–16:00 Location: Great Court (south-east corner)
Families are invited to come together and create lasting memories of the King’s coronation. Delivered by the London Borough of Camden Adult and Community Learning Team, this engaging activity allows participants to make heart-shaped pompom keyrings, spreading the King’s message of love and respect. Additionally, unleash your creativity and design a crown fit for a King, Queen, or warrior. Collaborate with a family member to create a special wrist tie that will serve as a cherished memento. This drop-in activity is suitable for ages 5 and above, with limited spaces available.
Drop-in: Royal Games Time: 11:00–16:00 Location: Great Court (south-west corner)
Delve into the world of ancient royalty and explore fascinating games. Discover intriguing facts, such as Tutankhamun’s tomb containing six sets of the game senet. Can you find the Royal Game of Ur in the galleries? Test your skills and play senet and other royal games from various cultures. This drop-in activity is suitable for ages 5 and above, with limited spaces available.
Family Trails Embark on an exciting journey through the British Museum’s collections with the Family Trails. Take on the online Museum Missions featured in six galleries and challenge your family with a variety of tasks. Pick up an activity backpack or a Museum explorer trail from the Families Desk, providing a comprehensive exploration of different times and cultures on display.
Food Location: South-west corner cafe
Satisfy your appetite at the south-west corner cafe, where a Big Lunch Out awaits. Indulge in specially prepared menus from Benugo, featuring a selection of quiches, a classic Pimms cup drink, and delectable cupcakes. These delightful treats will be available at all cafes within the museum.
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