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Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education. If you are looking for free teaching resources, London has a lot to offer. Heather gives us a quick insight into some of the learning experiences that can occur at some of London's Museums. 

The museums in London live up to their world notoriety excellence and documentaries. The museums’ artifacts and displays are noteworthy and recognizable even to me, despite the fact I’m an alien who hasn’t even been familiarized with the city’s entirety (two years after having moved here). To add an element of entice to those of us on a strict budget, British museums have free admission which enables everyone to ‘learn’ about natural history, the history of Britain, it’s cities, the arts, and even science.

Recently I took a handful of students who receive the Pupil Premium for aid in all aspects of their education, to the city centre in order to develop their sense of environment. I was surprised at how many of them at the age of 12, seemed to have never taken a step outside of their borough. They were filled with anticipation and questions about the number of times I’ve found myself on a train platform, and were bright-eyed to hear about the millions of people who rely on the ‘tube’ as the main method of travel and commuting EACH day.

Upon arriving at Euston Station, everyone’s senses were bombarded with the larger than life advertisements and wafts of cooked food. For some of these children, they rely on the one hot meal provided at the school due to the fact, there isn’t one waiting at home – with busy or unemployed parents. It was here, that we met our walking tour guide who took us to nearby gardens. On the way, students were able to point out a blue sign which signified the building in which Charles Dickens had lived. The gardens shared many scars of London – and recalled the facts the children had learned in history about World War 2 and the significance of the ‘white feather’ and Hiroshima.

The British Museum itself was the highlight for most children. They were taken by the guide and shown Lindow Man – the human remains from the bog, discovered by an English farmer. The children of course were mostly delighted at the idea of seeing a dead body, although we also came upon the remains of ancient romans and other ancestors who left conclusive evidence behind in the land now known as the United Kingdom.

There are a lot of burdens that come with living in the most expensive city in the world (deemed in 2013), but without learning aid and free entry to places such as the grand museums of London, children like these would lack the privileges that seem standard to the middle and upper classes of the world we’ve been lucky enough to have found ourselves in.

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