Personally guided, structured visits on a one-to-one or small group basis can be arranged for school holiday weekdays, weekends, or after school during term-time. They are specifically tailored to the age of the children and are suitable for those between the ages of six and eighteen.
Visits are offered for two hours, half days or full days as preferred.
Suggested tours are listed here but please see the Bespoke Tours section for details of the unique and highly personalized service available.
Dragons at the
How can a dragon tell if someone is trying to poison you?
Designed for younger visitors - An adventure with mythical creatures across the globe and spanning four and a half thousand years. We look at dragons that were thought to be magically protective and those that were exclusive to the use of an emperor.
Impressionism at the
Who decides what ‘proper’ art should be?
By viewing some of the most famous and highly acclaimed works of the Impressionists, we consider that the artists who painted them were once thought scandalous radicals in the art world and explore how different ideas about art develop over time.
(Please note this tour can be combined with a visit to the National Gallery)
Is it Art? at
How do we define art?
An adventure among the slashed canvas work of Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein’s 'Blue', Brancusi’s 'Fish' and through the Rothko room to explore the fundamental meaning of modern art.
Executions at the
Gore or glorification?
From the exquisitely portrayed tragedy of the moments before Lady Jane Grey loses her head, to the emotionless firing-squad of Manet’s Execution of Maximilian, we investigate the differing depictions of executions and the politically-laden messages the artists convey.
The Dawn of Human Invention at the
How did we get to be so clever?
An adventure in two million year-old technology - the most ancient man-made objects in the world: the Olduvai chopping tool and the Archeulean hand axe. We look at the development from one to the other, considering the leaps in inventiveness between the two and try to imagine a world before humans made ANYTHING.
Manipulated Meanings at the
National Portrait Gallery
How and why do we control an image?
An investigation into the portrayal of public figures and how those who sit for portraits can choose the thousand words their pictures speak through variations in lighting, clothing, backdrop and the inclusion of props.
Boxed-in Beauty at
How far are we free to interpret art?
Through an exploration of selected works painted by members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, we consider the variety of approaches to female identity in art. Frequently laden with symbolism, are the paintings intended to direct our feelings about the women they depict or merely suggest and provoke us to think?
Treasures of the Mediaeval and Renaissance World at the
Victoria and Albert Museum
Why was this era witness to such a flourishing of artistic creativity?
Looking at Leonardo’s exquisite ‘Codex Forster’, filled with his distinctive mirror writing, and the bronze angels originally carved for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, chief advisor to King Henry VIII, among many other international treasures, we consider the meaning of ‘art as power’.
Scenes from Shakespeare at
How can a painting be a performance?
One man plays many parts: the artist as stage director, set designer, costume designer and actor. An exploration into how painters translate words into pictures, often concentrating on the neglected stories at the edges of some of the most famous plays in history.
War and Propaganda at
The Imperial War Museum
Should we always tell the truth?
A comparison of Nevinson’s ‘Paths of Glory’ with Nash’s ‘The Menin Road’ in the context of the Imperial War Museum’s vivid and captivating World War I Galleries to explore how artists mould memory.
The Evolving City at
Guildhall Art Gallery
Where did London begin?
Starting amongst the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre six metres below today's London streets, we explore the endless reinventions of this great city as a result of both catastrophe and human need.
Playing with Perspective at the
How does art challenge our beliefs about the world around us?
A visit to the mind-bending installation 20:50 by Richard Wilson in the Saatchi gallery to tie in with selected works from the temporary exhibitions held at the gallery at the time to think about the ways in which artists manipulate and play with the edges of the real and the unreal.