This short course will explore the Parthenon from ancient Athens. It will do so through a range of descriptions and handling sessions based at King’s College London. Participants will also be encouraged to join a touch tour in the Parthenon galleries at the British Museum, as arranged with Ellen Adams. There may also be the opportunity for a handling session of antiquities at the British Museum, subject to the Museum’s availability.

Dr Ellen Adams, Senior Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology, King’s College London [email protected] 

With contributions by Karly Allen, audio describer

Classes at King’s College London (Strand Campus), with further individual trips to the British Museum

Dates and times:
Saturday 16th November 2019, 1-5pm at KCL (Strand campus)
British Museum trips to be arranged in addition


  • To explore the art, architecture and history of the Parthenon through a series of accessible sessions and a touch tour of the Parthenon sculptures (Room 18b)
  • To discuss a range of approaches to audio description
  • To provide handling sessions of replicas and neoclassical pieces
  • To explore the ‘touch description’ of objects
  • Possible handling session with ancient Greek objects (subject to availability at the British Museum


This course is free to blind and partially sighted people and their access companions. Places are limited, and priority will be given to people who can make both sessions.


Saturday 16th November 2019
The Parthenon over the centuries
Handling session: classically-themed perfume bottles
Developing a touch description
Audio descriptions

Ellen Adams will also accompany interested parties in a touch tour of Room 18b at the British Museum.

There may also be the opportunity to have a handling session of Greek antiquities at the British Museum, dependent on the Museum’s availability.

Please note: the programme may need to change slightly due to circumstances beyond the organiser’s control. 

If you would like to attend, please download this application form and send on to Ellen Adams: [email protected]