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"...an exceptional tour guide. He provided excellent historical and human context to the objects in the British Museum and to the museum itself...was able to bring in his own field archaeological experience to enhance our understanding and appreciation for the amazing objects in the Museum and made our visit wonderful."
"We wanted to share a BIG thank you to Lawrence for our amazing tour at the British Museum. We thoroughly enjoyed the three hours of non-stop information sharing and exploration. Lawrence has the rare ability to keep teenagers engaged! Thanks again for a great experience; we won't go back to the British Museum without him!"
"My boys will easily say that of their time in London, the British Museum tour with you was their absolute favorite!! Your ability to connect with them and engage them in the first 10 seconds of speaking with them was amazing. They learned more historical facts from you in 2 hours than they have in an entire school year."
"In my experience, the more important the museum, the more necessary a guide, and I am officially obsessed with the one we had for the British Museum. Lawrence Owens is a rockstar archaeologist who knows how to keep kids’ attention with gruesome stories about ancient civilizations while imparting more education in a couple of hours than I’ve ingested in years."
"We had a fantastic time with Lawrence! We all learned so much but the kids were especially excited to share their day with our family members that couldn’t make it. Lawrence was so good with the two teens they actually begged me to schedule another museum visit with him! They didn’t want the tour to end! Please extend our gratitude for a great experience to Dr. Owens, he really has a gift of making learning fun!"
"Lawrence is a force of nature, especially with young learners. He is masterful at speaking a teenager's language and using the right mix of gore, surprise, and irreverence to focus on a few key, big points. The result is that the young mind comes away piqued and asking to go deeper. Mission accomplished. Bravo."
"We had a fantastic time with Dr Owens at the museum. It was the highlight of our entire vacation. I’ve never seen my two boys (10&12) more engaged and excited and they learned so much. They loved how interactive and hands on the entire tour was. They continue to spout out historical facts and quiz each other on info from the tour even now a week later. I cannot recommend Dr Owens strongly enough."
"We would without hesitation recommend that anyone travelling to London make time for a tour with Lawrence! It was a top highlight of our trip. Lawrence is an engaging, enthusiastic & exceptional teacher. Not only did we learn a ton but we truly had a blast doing it!” Drew, Taylor, Shannon & Rachel
"I can't say enough positive things about our tour with Lawrence at the British Museum. He was incredibly engaging, super knowledgeable and quite funny. Our girls (ages 12 and 9) had the best time for the entire 2.5-3 hour tour. Suffice to say without Lawrence we would not have had anywhere near such a successful time. INCREDIBLE!!! WORTH EVERY PENNY. Definitely book a tour...if he's available!!!"
"Even the cheekiest monkeys listen attentively to Dr. Owens!"
"Dr. Lawrence Owens was truly a one of a kind guide. He was more than a guide. He was a professor and in the short time we spent with him received an amazing education."
"We saw the British Museum through different eyes, and he even quizzed us at the end! He is a must do for our next visit!"
"It was a privilege to spend time with Dr. Owens and to learn from his experiences and knowledge. The kids were delighted with our tour and are still surrendering to each other in Assyrian style!!"
"Lawrence quickly established a wonderful rapport with our 11-year-old, and led us all on a witty, enlightening tour through what would otherwise have been an overwhelming collection of artifacts. His fascinating personal experiences directly related to the objects on display, as well as his deep (and sometimes irreverent) knowledge of the cultural and historical context surrounding them made everything come to life. Do not miss the Assyrian collection if you are in Lawrence's company!"
"In a word....AMAZING! In retrospect, it’s difficult to say whether it was the kids (9 & 7) or the parents (us) that were more intrigued by our time with Lawrence."
"We’ve all had people in our educational experiences that can make the topic 'come alive', Lawrence excelled in this arena. His mastery of the topics, and his ability to relate it to all ages was superb. Our time with Lawrence was truly one of the highlights of our time in London."
"Nearly a month later we’re all still talking about it (Lawrence, I was listening to the Hardcore History podcast this weekend and they were discussing the Sumerians-thanks for the knowledge!)"
"On our next trip to London, a tour with Lawrence will be one of our priorities. We consider it a must!"
"If you come to London you MUST (book) Lawrence Owens. He is a bioarchaeologist and a London university lecturer. What better person to show you the history of this wonderful city? I came with two 19-year old teens and they can't stop raving about Lawrence and everything he showed and taught them. My daughter's friend was so inspired by his work and passion that she has decided to give college another try. Lawrence is a modern day Indiana Jones. Lawrence tailored our tour to sites he believed would interest us and he captured sites from one end of London to the other. He helped us obtain our Oyster cards and took us on the tube and buses so we would understand how to use them ourselves the rest of the week. If you take only 1 tour- book...Lawrence Owens."
"Lawrence was great! It was so nice having such an expert take us around. He really made an effort to adapt the tour for the kids."
"Lawrence was terrific, A+. He had great energy, his good stories were fun and insightful, and we left with a deeper understanding of art through this period and geographies. We could tell how much he enjoyed talking about the topics. His presentation was fresh, full of interesting details and, at the same time, stitch together a narrative across time and place. I would definitely book Lawrence again."
"Our kids are still talking about the tour of the British Museum and Rosetta Stone. They perfectly recall the answers to the quiz you gave them during our tour. We hope to see you again soon. A bientot!!"
"Lawrence was engaged and engaging, fun and interesting - and was able to tailor the tour to fit our interests (and the interests of our 14-year-old son). We learned a lot about British history and the city of London - even though we have traveled and even lived in London previously, it was a lot of new information. A great morning!"
There was a single sock
It was shard free
Any artefact concealed would have lead to
Punishment and a ban
There was the Lucky Trowel
Worn down to little more than a spoon
Then there was the corpulent guard
With his gun
There was doubt about agility and aim
Any chase would risk fatality
To chaser and chased
Then there were the raiders
Scrabbling at the burial ground
They grabbed the gold and went
Leaving the real treasure:
And the hidden treasure:
The knowledge revealed
As we walked through continents
We glimpsed -
Our turbulent possible futures
"We had such a wonderful time and it's been my Dad's favourite gift!
My Dad's written a 'word picture' from some of the amazing stories Lawrence told us "
~Sophia & her father
Recent clients. Sophia Gifted a special private tour of the NHM to her Father.
Talented London Family photographer Antonina Mamzenko created this slideshow of a family's recent adventures in London, including their quite memorable time with Lawrence. We thank her for graciously sharing this clever way to capture incredible family adventures in London. To book a session with Antonina, click here