In recent times, the issue of the generational gap has been brought up time and time again. We talk about it in national politics, around the dinner table and with our friends. Is it something to do with cultural shifts? Is it mainly to do with how we see the world in different age groups? Maybe it’s the normal fact that things just change and evolve as we grow older. Whatever the cause of it is, we as parents know that it’s a big concern. We want our children to love and cherish parts of culture, as we do. They are, after all, the future custodians of our nation. One thing parents can do is teach their children history, through days out to historical attractions. London is a key point-of-interest.
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When you look at the city of London, you rarely see obliques and other tall objects that nations like America, France and Spain often have. There’s a rather subdued nation about the UK and London is no different. But there is one such tall structure that stands high above the buildings. Nelson’s Column is a classical granite pillar, designed in the nature of ancient Greece.
Atop, stands the hero of England, Harioto Nelson. His most famous battle as a Royal Navy Admiral was the Battle of Trafalgar. He famously outwitted a French naval force and destroyed the Spanish and French ships even while being outnumbered. He died during the battle from a shot he sustained in his backbone. His column stands 169-feet tall in the center of Trafalgar Square. He is surrounded by four large bronze lions.
A wealth of knowledge
There are few places in the world that draw as much attention as the British Museum. The UK is already known to have some of, if not the, best museums in the world. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about art from around the world, as well as sculptures and history of other cultures and nations.
Once everything goes back to normal after lockdown and social distancing, you could enquire at your children’s school, whether they could take British Museum school trips. Learning about the incredible history of the earliest communities in human history will give your children an appreciation for the current state of civilization. It’s something that takes hundreds of years to build and then takes generation after generation to maintain. There are quite a generous school trip packages and deals that could be utilised to give kids a better well-rounded look at the timeline of human progression.
A marvel of architecture
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of Europe’s largest places of worship and is a prime example of the cultural shift that took place in England in the 15th and 16th centuries. Britain transitioned from a Catholic nation to a Protestant nation. One of the things that changed significantly was the architecture. St. Paul’s Cathedral is made in the early-Protestant Anglican style, with large tall white walls, a dome and large archways. It also uses illusionist interior design, to bring scale and depth to the interior. These stupendous historical places are going to give your children a better understanding of the UK’s history and culture. It’s something you should encourage them to study in their own time as well.
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