The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths

Course Dates: 23/10/22
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Online
World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HRS39

Sun, day, 23 Oct - 23 Oct '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

World religions and the objects associated with light, from different faiths and festivals.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Using museum objects to promote discussion we will discover the symbols, objects and stories associated with light in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and to a lesser extent other world faiths such as Jainism and Zoroastrianism.

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

Know about the main festivals, stories, objects and symbols associated with light in world religions.
See how these objects have been designed to reflect their purpose.
Have a better knowledge of museum collections such as the light-related cultural objects at the V&A.

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

This is an introductory course suitable for those who have no previous knowledge or for those who may have a little general knowledge or know about their own faith and would like to learn about others. Learners from all faiths or no faith are welcome.

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

The course will be a presentation / online tour divided into the different faiths. We will have breakout rooms to discuss after each section and for participants to contribute. An awareness of you own cultural background and a willingness to share your experiences would add to the enjoyment of the class.

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

An object or picture/ photo related to the theme that you would like to share and discuss with the group is an option.

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

Please see our website for full details about upcoming courses in religion and belief.

Marilyn Greene

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 Dickens House 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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