♫ ♪ 'The Greatest' - Raleigh Ritchie ♫ ♪
You know me.
I love all things culture, and museums top that list. I only have my mother to thank for that. She encouraged my sisters and I to explore places of knowledge and taught my sisters and I that it's perfectly fine to have these interests.
After all, it's the kind of stuff that you can't just learn from a textbook in a classroom.
Museums are about standing face-to-face with the past and appreciating ancient, historical beauty.
I am so grateful for my Mum's encouragement, I can't even put it into words.
Museums (especially the Natural History and Science Museum in South Ken) are my happy places. I still don't know why, but they just are.
In the NH Museum, you're greeted with a huge replica of a Diplodocus skeleton (called Dippy), and in the near distance, you can see Charles Darwin looking down and judging us all.
In the Science Museum, you enter up an escalator and ascend into a huge globe.
I learn a great deal from the artifacts and exhibitions. Some things the school textbooks don't cover, so you have to go and find out for yourself. That kind of culture-seeking should be encouraged more. And with so many places of interest now opening their doors for FREE (e.g. The British, Science and Natural History Museums, as well as the V&A, Museum of London and the Tate Modern).
You are inches away from something that was created hundreds of years ago, by people whose nations now only exist behind glass and underground archives.
This Half Term/Summer holiday, I challenge you to do one simple thing: explore.
Pick a nature reserve/museum/Country Estate and just go there with an open mind! Put your phone on silent (or, dare I say it: switch it off!) and spend the day soaking up the culture with no distractions.
You'd be surprised how much you take away from the experience.