Wonderful day at the British Museum today! Led to the best bits by native guide Cheryl Morgan, we covered a lot of ground. That is a truly world class museum, the best I've ever been in. From recreated Saxon swords to board games scratched by bored guards into the base of Assyrian sculptures (my favorite bit: bored military gamers are an ancient tradition!) it was wall-to-wall fascinating. I enjoyed the Assyrian bits the most I think; whereas I was not as impressed by the Elgin marbles as I expected. And I found the propaganda flier they have about why they shouldn't send the lot of them back to Greece hilarious.
Tomorrow is flat-out silly tourist day, as we take a guided tour to Leeds Castle, Cantebury and the White Cliffs of Dover. No internet access along the way, I'm afraid. Also, the tour is scheduled to take >10 hours. So it is unlikely that Curtis & I will be able to make the BSFA meeting tomorrow, which we're very sorry to miss. To everyone that I was hoping to see there, Thanks! And I hope to catch up with you again soon.
For those yearning for more Masterclass tidbits (I think we'll all be processing and writing about the experience for at least a week or two yet) you can find more commentary from Niall Harrison as well as some photos, plus Jonathan McCalmont's initial thoughts.