The art of burial

Course Dates: 10/03/24
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Off Site
Explore the V&A’s collections and discover amazing objects associated with burial practices in world faiths from ancient Chinese and Buddhist burial practices, to more recent objects associated with Christianity and Islam,
NB: This course will take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington.
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The art of burial
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  • Course Code: HRS40
  • Dates: 10/03/24 - 10/03/24
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:30
  • Taught: Sun, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Off Site
  • Tutor: Marilyn Greene

Course Code: HRS40

Full Sun, day, 10 Mar - 10 Mar '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The course is about discovering the art, practices and beliefs associated with contemporary religions in different times and cultures represented in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Meeting point: the V&A grand entrance.

What will we cover?

We will cover objects associated with death in Christianity, Buddhist reliquaries.
Aspects of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Chinese religions, Buddhism
History of objects within the V&A collections.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Compare the significance of Christian and Buddhist reliquaries.
Explain the importance of Christian tombs in Medieval and Renaissance times.
Identify two objects associated with Islamic burials.
Have an understanding of two faiths which buried objects with their dead and why?
Explain why is important for people today to understand different burial practices.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners or people with some knowledge of faiths who would like to know more abut other faiths and the collections of the V&A. An open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Guided tour, group discussion, observation, questions and answers/quiz.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

It would be a good idea to take a pen and paper and maybe a camera or mobile phone to take photos.
We will meet at the Victoria and Albert Museum's grand entrance.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might be interested in HRS47 An introduction to Indian comparative religions.

Marilyn Greene Tutor Website

Marilyn Greene is a museum professional and London tour guide with an academic background in art history. Qualified as a City of London Guide, she leads Mud-larking tours, Hidden London Tours for London Transport Museum, school tours at the Charles Dickens Museum, as well as developing her walks in the City and north London. Having worked as a Curator at Hampstead Museum and a qualified City of London guide many of her walks specialise in various aspects of these areas. Marilyn worked for 15 years at the Victoria and Albert Museum in adult and community learning and specialised in working with faith communities and organising intercultural tours of the collections. As well as walking tours, Marilyn leads tours and training at both the Victorian and Albert Museum and British Museum.

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