Saturday, March 21, 2015

Days 4 and 5: More Exploring!

Hello Readers!

We have officially wrapped up our first week in London! Over the past few days, we have been busy conducting interviews as well as visiting museums and churches.

On Thursday morning, we visited the British Museum to check out the various technologies and tours they had to offer. Like the V&A, the British Museum had touch screens in many of the exhibits to aid in the interpretation of the artwork and artefacts on display. In addition to the touch screens, there were a variety of tours available. Many of the exhibits had daily guided tours. The museum also offered touch tours, audio tours in multiple different languages, and British Sign Language tours. Overall, our visit to the British Museum allowed us to further explore what museums are doing to enhance visitor experience and accommodate people with disabilities.   

A copy of the Rosetta Stone that is a part of the touch tour at the British museum.

In the afternoon, we visited St. Anne and St. Agnes Church and St. Benet Church. Unfortunately, St. Anne and St. Agnes was closed due to an orchestra rehearsal, but we were able to step in for a few moments to take a look around and listen to the music. We will be visiting this church the next time it is open so we have more time to explore. St. Benet's Church is a Welsch church located off of Queen Victoria Street. The present building was built in 1683 by Sir Christopher Wren. We were able to take some pictures of the building as well as the art and artefacts within it, but would like to return to learn more about the history and the highlights of the church. A few of the pictures we took at St. Benet's can be seen below. 

Yesterday, we conducted three interviews and looked through the catalog of the art and artefacts found in St. Mary Abchurch. In the afternoon, we ventured over to Westminster Abbey. There, we had tea and coffee in the Cellarium Cafe and attended Evensong. The service was beautiful and the abbey itself was absolutely breathtaking! We hope to go back soon for a day tour. 

Westminster Abbey

That's all for this week! Next week will be visiting even more churches and conducting more interviews, so be on the lookout for more posts. Have a great weekend!

AAiC IQP Team 

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