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Emily McEachern

Emily McEachern


The paragraph should give a three to five sentence abstract about your entire London HUA experience including 1) a summary of the aims of your project, 2) your prior experience with humanities and arts courses and disciplines, and 3) your major takeaways from the experience.

Milestone 1

History of Transportation
Objective: How did methods of transportation, such as the London Underground and the double-decker bus become so iconic in the city of London?

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Milestone 2

British Political Philosophy
Objective: Comparison between British Political philosophy during the Enlightenment and Contemporary Periods.

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Milestone 3

Social History of England in the 1960s
Objective: Explore the changing social history of England in the 1960s and make comparisons to the United States.

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Activity Journal

The activity journal represents an ongoing log of reflections gained through each and every project activity on the calendar.

Westminster Abbey

After getting lost on the tube, we eventually found our way to Westminster Abbey. Westminster Abbey does not directly relate to any of my milestones but there was a lot of prime ministers/politicians buried there and my second milestone is about British Political Philosophy so some of these people's viewpoints may end up being a part of my project. We visited many different grave sites and memorials such as the ones of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, and St. Edward. I thought it was really interesting that even though Charles Darwin wasn't sure if he thought God was real he was still buried in a church. We also saw the chapter house and the cloisters where monks were buried. The chapter house was a beautiful room where decisions about how to run Westminster Abbey were made in the past. It isn't used for that anymore and I couldn't imagine trying to conduct a business meeting in such a beautiful room. Our tour guide also explained to us that the all boys choir sings the evensong each night (except for Wednesday's) in front of the church and I am planning to go see this at some point later in the week when I have time. When I read that one of the scavenger hunt items was to capture the evensong I was a little bit confused about what that meant but after his clarification I am excited to see it. I contributed a section about memorials and edited the overview on the wiki page for Westminster Abbey linked here.

The Tower of London

After we went to Westminster Abbey a group of eight of us took the tube together to the Tower of London, and luckily this time we did not get lost. Inside the Tower of London we saw the battlements, some of the ravens, and the crowned jewels, among many other things. Similar to Westminster Abbey the Tower of London doesn't directly relate to any of my milestones but it was an extremely interesting place to visit. I thought that the myth behind the ravens was particularly interesting. The myth is that there must always be a raven at the Tower of London or the British monarch will fall. Personally, I don't believe this story but it's funny to me that people actually did believe this in medieval times. The Crown Jewels were really cool to see as well because i didn't realize how extravagant they actually were. The Wakefield tower was interesting as well because that is where the exhibit on the torture of prisoners was located. Some of the things they did to prisoners actually shocked me, like attaching their arms and legs to two ends of a machine and stretching them. Or even worse, putting them into the Scavenger's Daughter and crushing their body. I added a section to the Tower of London page about the Tower's ravens.

The British Library

The final thing we did today was go to The British Library. We realized that the library is an extremely busy place and it is difficult to find a place to sit and do work inside on a weekday in the afternoon so we just sat outside and did work there. We also looked into getting library cards and realized that we need to have specific books that we need that are at the library in order to get a card. So I will be researching what is there and identifying specific books I need from the library so I can be approved for a library card.

Natural History Museum

Today our group went to the Natural History Museum which I personally thought was amazing. We saw almost all of the exhibits including the ones about dinosaurs, volcanoes, and human evolution. The exhibit about human evolution was very interesting and I enjoyed the part at the front entrance where all of the skulls of different humans over time were displayed. The exhibit that started from the beginning of time until the present was kind of overwhelming but again very interesting. It had a timeline from the time the Earth was formed until now and I never realized just how little humans had been on Earth until I saw that. It honestly made me feel a little insignificant.
This activity did not directly relate to any of my milestones, but still had a lot of interesting information and I learned a lot. I contributed a section to the Natural History Museum page about the dinosaur exhibit found here and also wrote the overview for this page.

The National Gallery/London Transport Museum

Today we went to The National Gallery and walked around for quite a while. The gallery itself is a beautiful building with amazing architectural design. It always amazes me at art museums how large the paintings themselves actually are and I always wonder about where they have been hung prior to being given to the museum. Each painting clearly has their own extensive history and I am always curious about the story behind each painting. I also noticed at this museum that there were many different depictions of similar scenes, like the crucifixion of Jesus. It was interesting to compare the different perspectives of artists on the same event. This museum was very interesting but it did not directly relate to any of my milestones. I contributed a section about Raphael and one about Diego Velasquez to The National Gallery page.
Later in the afternoon I went to the London Transport Museum to help gain information for the background of my first milestone, which is about the Tube and Double-Decker buses and how they have become such an iconic feature of the city of London. This museum was absolutely amazing, it had so much helpful information and I really enjoyed seeing it. I am hoping to go on a tour at some point in June of the museum's depot which is located in Acton. This part of the museum has many more old trains and buses that cannot fit into the main location of the museum, which I am very excited to see. Andrew and I created the page for the museum after we visited.

The British Museum

My Complete Contributions

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All of My Created Content and Edits