William Sterling

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  • Upcoming Events

    1. British Museum Mediaeval Tour

      When: June 26 @ 2:45 pm - 3:25 pm

      This 40 minute British Museum tour of the Mediaeval Galleries takes place every day at 2:45 pm.  We work on a four week rota and mine are on a Sunday.  The dates for my tours in 2022 are  February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, May 29th, June 26th, July 24th, August 21st, September 18th,… Read more »

    2. British Museum Highlights – Around The World In 70 Minutes

      When: July 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm

      These tours of the British Museum last 70 minutes and take in up to 12 highlights from the museum’s vast collection.  They are at 11:30 am and 2:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The tours cover both main floors of the museum plus some of the side rooms and examine objects from Africa, Europe,… Read more »

    3. Ancient Games at the British Museum

      When: July 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

      The Modern Olympics have been held every 4 years since 1896 except during war or delayed for the pandemic.  The Ancient Olympics were held for over a thousand years and were only once delayed through the whim of the Emperor Nero. Objects from the games at Athens illustrate these games and how they differed from… Read more »

Featured articles

Music and Art Inspired by Shakespeare 4

MUSIC AND ART INSPIRED BY SHAKESPEARE No. 4: The Scandinavian Connection To celebrate being in Scandinavian waters the art and music inspired by Hamlet will be examined. Finland’s greatest composer, Sibelius, was also inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.  Music – Sibelius’s “Storm” from Incidental Music for The Tempest.  We have already heard some Sibelius this week… Read more »

Hector Berlioz

Berlioz, his Life in Music An examination of his life and music using his own remarkable autobiography as a guide. Unlike many of his contemporaries such as Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt, Berlioz was not an infant prodigy. In fact he never mastered any instrument and always composed in silence away from the piano, an instrument… Read more »

England’s Earliest Kings 2: Offa and the Mercian Supremacy

This course was run as the second part in a series of five short courses on the Anglo-Saxon Kings.  It was an online course for the City Lit on 20 and 27 November 2021. In the mid-C7th Mercia rose to challenge Northumbria for supremacy but after a brief set back became the dominant kingdom in… Read more »