Even madder to meet up with a friend who brought along four boys.
Two adults with ten children was ... just about do-able.
|Oxford's Ashmolean Museum|
(the current building is from 1845)
The Ashmolean likes to provide little worksheet "trails" to its young visitors, and while it's true that the children love to do them (and get rewarded with certificates afterwards for completing them), the practical side of rounding up ten children who want to dash through an exhibition just to tick boxes isn't, it would seem, completely thought out.
Ten items were identified and "collected" on their sheets, but did they read any captions? Did they know what they were? Like heck!
|The shrine of King Taharqa --|
the only free-standing pharaonic structure in Britain
Phoenix was fascinated by a series of glass plates, each with part of a drawing that, together, made up the CT image of a child's mummy believed to have been from 100 AD. We all wonder, however, that the radiologists hypothesized that the child had died of pneumonia when his lungs would have been removed (and put in the Hapi canopic jar).
|The Ashmolean Mummy Boy 3|
by Angela Palmer
Ink Drawing on 111 sheets of Mirogard Glass
Our final attempt to get extra mileage out of the trip was looking around some of the Grecian items, since we're turning our attention to Ancient Greece in the new year. Instead, they discovered the room with pre-historic British artefacts and an interactive bow and arrow where you try to shoot some plastic cut-out stags.
Later, when I was cuddling Busy Timmy in bed and asking him what was the best part of the museum trip today, he said, "The revolving door where you go in."