From March 27-29, eighth-grade students who did not attend the Spanish or French language trips took part in one of five Explore London experiences. The activities included Logicapalooza, Chasing China, England Through the Ages, Variety is the Spice of Life, and Literary London & Street Photography.
On the first day, students in the Literary London and Street Photography group had the opportunity to get some tips from Mellon Librarian Mr. Reed, a former journalist and current street photographer. They then headed out to visit Highgate Cemetery and take pictures. They visited influential authors’ and famous figures’ graves, such as Karl Marx and Douglas Adams. They also went on a literary walk through Hampstead to visit the past homes of authors including George Orwell and John Keats.
On the second day, the group took pictures in Kings Cross station and then visited the treasures of the British Library, a collection of items ranging from the Magna Carta to lyrics and letters written by The Beatles.
On the final day, they explored and took street photography at Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market before heading over to write on the wall on Abbey Road. Throughout the trips, students uploaded photos they had taken to a Twitter account created for this Explore London class.