Guest post: Robert Coleman introduces the museum lovers of the London Cultureseekers group

The ninth in our series of guest posts comes from Robert Coleman, the organiser of the London Cultureseekers Group, who tells us why they’re so excited about visiting Sir John Soane’s Museum over Museums at Night weekend.

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London Cultureseekers relax and compare notes after a group visit to the Wallace Collection

I set up the London Cultureseekers Group in August 2006.  I’ve always loved exploring museums and galleries, but preferred to go with other people so we could chat about what we have seen.  My friends didn’t want to go as often as me, so I looked around to see if there was a group I could join that does this.  In London at the time, there didn’t seem to be one, so I decided to set up my own group!

I set up a website, started organising events and in the 3½ years I’ve been running the group, it’s gone from strength to strength.  We now have over 2000 members and visit museums, art galleries, go on guided walks and visit historical places, 3-4 times a month.  It’s an extremely friendly group and offers a great way to explore London’s history and culture with other like-minded people.

I try and get behind-the-scenes access and private guided tours to places as often as I can for the group as this really adds to the individual’s knowledge and understanding of a particular subject, historical person or painting.

The Museums at Night weekend is going to be a fantastic opportunity for the London Cultureseekers Group to experience more of the history and culture London has to offer.

We love exploring London and hearing about its 2000+ year history. We especially like exploring the smaller, lesser-known museums in London like the Cartoon Museum, the Cinema Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum.

The Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of my favourite places in London and I’m really looking forward to exploring it by candlelight on Museums at Night weekend. There is so much packed into his old house, it’s one of those places you walk round in amazement. On display there is everything from sculptures to a 3000 year old Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I to paintings by Canaletto and Hogarth – it definitely has the ‘wow’ factor for me!

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Robert Coleman

You can find out more about the London Cultureseekers Group through their website, www.cultureseekers.org. To find out more about Museums at Night events in your area, visit www.culture24.org.uk/museumsatnight.

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Thanks very much, Robert! If you’d like to write a guest blog post, please email Rosie: rosie@culture24.org.uk.

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