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Love Hunt at the British Museum

SEEN had the pleasure (pun intended) of being invited to a ‘Love Hunt’ at the British Museum. The museum, founded in 1753, is committed to preserving art, culture and history, and has collected around 8 million objects. These artefacts come from every corner of the world, revealing a fragment of many significant moments in time, from Mesopotamia to the Vikings; from the Inuits to the Indians. So, when one embarks on a visit to the world famous British Museum, where does one start?

Well, bring on ThatMuse, which stands for Treasure Hunt at the Museum. ThatMuse has been crafting treasure hunts in The Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris for the last 5 years. Founded by Daisy de Plume, the company provides a fun and interesting way for the ‘culturally curious’ to engage with the museum. The treasure hunts are generally for families, though they are also ideal activities for corporate team building sessions, Hen or Stag nights, or simply an unusual way to engage with the incredible treasures at the museums.

Daisy runs a number of themes: ThatBrit Babes, Skull Scouting, Fun & Games plus many more, and the company recently launched the ‘Love Hunt’. With Daisy also extending the treasure hunts to the British Museum, the Friday night late opening was a perfect opportunity for the British public to experiece the ‘Love Hunt’ for themselves. Designed with adults in mind, the hunt promises to take one on a romantic and salacious journey through the museum.

for the British public to experiece the ‘Love Hunt’ for themselves. Designed with adults in mind, the hunt promises to take one on a romantic and salacious journey through the museum.

So, one delightfully sunny Friday evening SEEN trotted off, eager to discover the Nymphs and Harlots of the British Museum. On arrival, SEEN was met by Daisy herself, and then put into groups with other participants. Each group was given a clipboard, a worksheet and a map. Daisy explained the rules, gave us a time limit and let us loose. Off we ran, keen to win, reading the clues and searching for our artefacts. In addition to solving cryptic messages, each group had to photograph themselves in front of each discovered item. Sometimes a simple photo, others times not! The hunt was playful and we serenaded the café guests with Whitney Houston songs, but we also posed wild-eyed in front of the biggest phallic symbol you ever did see.

At the end we all reconvened and our scores were tallied. Sadly SEEN’s group came third and we won a floppy ruler, yes, as useless as a floppy member. It was a fantastic evening. Having been to the museum before, SEEN most definitely came away with a lot more knowledge about certain pieces. As a dedicated museum-goer, often visits can be unwittingly monotonous, not because of the content available, more because of the lack of focus.

Now imagine being given a treasure map and some puzzles to solve! Puzzles that can help you thread cultures together throughout the ages. The museum visit becomes a whole new ball game. SEEN had a fabulous evening, mixing with complete strangers running around shouting, ‘the big one’s mine!’ And being more intimately ‘introduced’ to the shrewd Livia, the 1st Empress of Rome, was a revelation, and as for the Greek pot of Revelling Satyrs, well, suffice to say that desire holds no bounds!

The treasure hunts can be customised in advance with Daisy. Daisy says, “I would like to contribute to democratising museums. My goal in creating the museum hunts is to give a fresh perspective to a familiar space, and I hope hunters will want to return for a closer look after the hunt.” She is absolutely right, SEEN is very keen to return to the museum to catch up on the some of the undiscovered treasure hunt items.

To join in the fun and experience Daisy’s fabulous treasure hunts, contact Daisy via her website:

http://thatmuse.com/

The British Museum is free, open daily 10.00–17.30 and on Fridays, open until 20.30

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London
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Photography Katy Thompson

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