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.

British Museum Top Ten Treasures

In 2003 to celebrate the museum’s 250th birthday various special events were held including a day of talks by Alan Bennett, Sandi Toksvig and other celebrities and some short tours by half a dozen of the Eye Openers – I did the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and Celtic Britain.  Four experts (J D Hill, Leslie Webster, Jonathan Williams and Ian McIntyre, along with Neil MacGregor, devised a list of the top ten treasures in the museum found buried in the UK.  They ranked them in order but I am going to look at them in chronological order.  Of these 1 group is made of wood, 1 is of ivory but the rest are mainly made up of bling: gold and silver.

I prepared these slides to give an online presentation to fellow guides for Christmas 2021.

British Museum Top Ten Treasures 2003 for 2021 PDF