Journal Questions

Answer each question in paragraph form and make sure to describe specific examples of artifacts, architectural details, scenery, stories, pieces of information, etc. to illustrate your answers. Remember that we may not have seen what you saw in the places you visited–and certainly didn’t see them the same way–so you need to describe those examples in detail and explain their significance.

Schedule for London Site Journal Questions
13 June (Sat) Westminster Abbey What is your first impression of London?

Scavenger hunt: how many people that we mentioned in class could you find in Westminster Abbey? (note: no paragraph form here)

What does Westminster Abbey tell us about how the British think about their history? Who is important? Who is left out?

St. James Park
14 June (Sun) Thames Boat Ride How is one of the things that the tour guide mentioned on the boat ride related to one of the themes of our course?
Royal Observatory How was the discovery of longitude related to the commercial revolution?
15 June (Mon) Free What did you do today? What did you learn about English culture or history from your adventures?
16 June (Tue) British Museum Choose one object in the Enlightenment room. How is it related to one of the themes of the course?
Soane’s House How are the artifacts in Soane’s house organized differently than the ones in the British Museum? What does this tell us about how we think about history differently today than in the 18th century? Make sure to use examples of at least 4 artifacts from Soane’s house in your entry.
17 June (Wed) V&A Museum What does the V&A tell us about how styles changed over the course of the 18th century? Compare two different styles popular during the period (such as neo-classical and Rococo), use an artifact from the museum to illustrate each one, and explain how the styles are different.
Kensington Palace How are the King’s apartments structured to make an impression on a courtier visiting the king? How do they display his power and the power of England?
18 June (Thur) Free What did you do today? What did you learn about English culture or history from your adventures?
19 June (Fri) Amazing Race Compare how the Royal Exchange is used today with how it was used in the 18th century.   Is this a fitting end for the exchange?
Ye Old Cheshire Cheese Discuss one thing that you learned about middle-class life from visiting these two places.
Samuel Johnson’s House
20 June (Sat) Arrival in Edinburgh What is your first impression of Edinburgh? How does it differ from your first impression of London?
21 June (Sun) Mary King’s Close Discuss one specific space or anecdote from your tour of the close. What did you learn about lower-class Edinburgh life from it?
Edinburgh Castle Why are the Crown Jewels so significant to Scottish identity? What was interesting or unusual about the information that the exhibit provided about them?

Discuss one surprising thing you learned about life as a prisoner of war in the late 18th/early 19th century.

22 June (Mon) Trossachs How did your tour compare with the experience of Wordsworth and Southey?

What surprised you about the kind of information that the tour guide provided or how he told it to you? Give one example to illustrate your answer.

23 June Free What did you do today? What did you learn about Scottish culture or history from your adventures?
24 June Free What did you do today? What did you learn about Scottish culture or history from your adventures?
25 June (Fri) Gladstone’s Land Ask the attendant a question and discuss what you learned.
Georgian House Discuss one specific difference between Gladstone’s Land and Georgian House. What is the reason for this difference? How did it impact the lives of the people who lived in these houses?
Storytelling Center How was the history that you got from the storytellers different from the history conveyed by a traditional museum like the British Museum?
6/26 (Fri) National Portrait Gallery How did portraiture change from the feudal to the Enlightenment period? Choose one portrait from before 1600 and one from 1700-1800 and compare them.

Explain how one painting in the collection is related to a theme of the course.

Calton Hill How is this monument related to one of the course themes? Think about the kind of identity that Scotland is trying to project through this monument.

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