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Cultural Travels from Home: Explore Herculaneum with an Archaeologist

Thursday 16TH December 10.00AM

UPDATE: This tour has been rescheduled from its original date to Thursday 16th December at 10.00am UK time as unfortunately our guide has coronavirus and is in quarantine. Thank you for your understanding.

INTRODUCTION: In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries which are currently difficult to visit whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location. Our visits will also support galleries and individuals working in the cultural sector whose activities have been affected by the pandemic.

Today we enjoy a live, guided tour of the world famous archaeological site of Herculaneum in the company of expert archaeologist Dr Raffaele Romano who is also one of the site's most authoritative and enthusiastic guides. All bookings will include a donation / "virtual entrance ticket" which will help support the site. 

SUMMARY: On the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, modern day Herculaneum stands upon an ancient buried city. During our live tour, broadcast directly from the site, you will discover the history and the secrets of this precious UNESCO World Heritage Site. Victim of the Vesuvian eruption of 79AD, Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material but unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, much of the town was well preserved - including beds, doors, food and even skeletons. On our guided walk we will explore a number of buildings which are still intact, admiring many frescoes and mosaics en route and imagining the daily rituals of those using the shops and public thermal baths which can still be seen today. We will learn how the effects of the eruption were at the same time destructive and helpful for the preservation of the ancient city.

Dr Romano is an archaeologist specialising in the iconic heritage of the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. He holds a degree in Archaeology, an M.A. in Classical Archaeology and a Ph.D. in Archaeological Heritage, with a thesis on Pompeii. Dr Romano has excavated at Pompeii and is part of an international team of archaeologists researching the northern side of Vesuvius. He has also worked as an archaeologist for the Vatican. In 2019 the city of Pompeii awarded him honorary citizenship and in March 2021, during an excavation at Pompeii, Dr Romano found the remains of an extra-urban villa, an exciting discovery which has received much international coverage. He is a highly personable and authoritative guide whose enthusiasm and passion are infectious!

The tour is interactive, so you will be able to put questions to our guide throughout the visit. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience. 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: This is a live event including interactive Q and A starting at 10.00am UK time, lasting one hour. Tune in from anywhere in the world to participate or enjoy a recorded version if you cannot watch live. For those who are unable to participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch on catch up later that evening or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Dr Romano will also be taking us on more tours in early 2022. Check the website for more details.

 

Further Information

Participation

1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £12.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.

2. DOWNLOAD

Download ZOOM once you have booked - please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully .  Zoom works best when using Google Chrome

3. REGISTER

You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately both on your screen and by email, please keep it safe as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.

4. JOIN

Join the lecture at least ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days.. You do not need to advise us if you can't participate live, don't worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don't worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Photograph of Herculaneum credit: xtreambar

Have just watched this wonderful tour. ..what a tonic on a cold evening! It was so informative and engaging and a lovely reminder of visiting this extraordinary archaeological site. Thank you. ”

Mrs G Wilford

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Highlights

  • Explore the ancient city of Herculaneum
  • Live, interactive guided tour with expert archaeologist
  • Accessible from anywhere in the world
  • Virtual ticket price/donation to site included
  • Live Q&A

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