The meaning of light: symbolism and religious objects in world faiths
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: Off Site
Course Code: HRS39
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.
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. 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?
The course will be a tour divided into the different faiths. We will have short discussions after each section and participants' contributions will be welcomed. 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 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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