3 Museums for Ancient Historians
As an ancient history student, museums often feel like a home away from home for me. I have spent my fair share of time volunteering, working or just visiting them, and in that time have learned so much that has helped me in my degree and further aspirations. There are far too many for me to make a really comprehensive list, but I’ve put three favourites below for those interested in Classics, or anyone who just fancies a great museum trip this summer.
1) The Ashmolean
I visited the Ashmolean on a day trip to Oxford at the end of term 3 and was really impressed with it. I sat my Hellenistic World exam literally the day before we went, so it was great to see everything I had learned about brought to life (I’m shocked I wasn’t sick of it by then!). I particularly liked the replica sculptures which allowed me to visualise statues such as the Laocoon Group to full scale, which is often hard to do when you only see pictures of them in lectures. At just a short trip from Leamington on the train, this is well worth visiting in term time as well as during the holidays
2) The Roman Baths
The perfect location for a long weekend, Bath is a gorgeous city steeped in ancient history. It takes its name from the ancient Roman baths situated in the centre of the town, just a short walk from the train station. I spent three weeks in the museum last summer for work experience and it was certainly worth the four hours of trains it took to get there and back each day. The museum has so much to offer and you can even drink the water from the ancient spring (if you’re feeling brave!). It’s a great opportunity to really immerse yourself in the history and get a chance to experience what it would have felt like to be a Roman.
3) The Corinium Museum
This museum is one of my favourite places. I have great memories of year 10 and 12 work experience there, and of visits I’ve made in my own spare time. Primarily a Roman Museum, the Corinium is situated in the heart of Cirencester (Gloucestershire), once the Roman capital of Britain. The museum is famous for its stunning mosaics, and houses some beautiful ancient objects from the Roman period, including jewellery and a rare tombstone. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Roman Britain.
Those are just three out of many amazing museums in the UK that house great ancient history exhibitions. If you have any favourites of your own, please put them below as I still have two months of summer to get through, and would love to see them!