William Sterling

Since 1994 I have been an eyeOpener trained volunteer guide at the British Museum (www.britishmuseum.org). The eyeOpener tours are designed to introduce visitors to different parts of the Museum. Once a month I lead guided tours of the Greek Galleries and Mediaeval Galleries. Check Events & Courses for upcoming tours.

The Ancient Greek World

The Greek Gallery tours start at 11:30 each day and last about 40 minutes. Normally they cover objects in galleries 13 to 23 depending on which are open. These include the Archaic period with famous objects such as the Sophilos dinos depicting the marriage of Peleus and Thetis and the iconic Exikias amphora showing Achilles killing Penthesilea (right).
The tour proceeds with the Classical period and some of the tombs from Xanthos including the Nereid Monument in Room 17.

Occasionally the tour also includes the famous Parthenon sculptures (known as the Elgin Marbles) which featured in the BBC’s joint project with the Museum called “A History of the World in 100 objects”, and continues with one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (left).