Travel around London online, historic sites with new ideas

Publish Time:2020-04-21 14:23:55Source:London&Partners

【Introduction】:Historic sites around the world bear the historical memory of generations, witness the brilliant human civilization, and are the precious cultural heritage that the whole society protects together.

Historic sites around the world bear the historical memory of generations, witness the brilliant human civilization, and are the precious cultural heritage that the whole society protects together. Do you know that these landmark buildings have a special anniversary?

In 1982, the International Council on monuments and sites held a scientific seminar in Tunis, during which one of the participants proposed to establish the international day of monuments and sites, and advocated to hold global celebrations every year. The proposal was approved by UNESCO the following year, and "4.18 international heritage site day" was officially established. Since 2001, ICOMOS has also set up a theme with profound implications for the anniversary. This year's theme is "shared cultures, shared heritage, shared responsibility", which aims to promote the hope that different cultural groups can work together to protect historic sites.

Britain is rich in natural and cultural heritage, including 4 natural heritage, 26 cultural heritage and 1 mixed cultural and natural heritage, ranking eighth in the world in total. The people of London are not satisfied with only using these historic sites as containers of "the past" and "history", but constantly integrating and innovating, so that they can still glow with new vitality in the context of the new era.

Tower of London & Tower Bridge

Built along the Thames, the tower of London is a classic castle built by William I to protect London and occupy the territory. The magnificent white tower is a typical example of Normandy's military architecture, which symbolizes the power of the royal family and also has a great impact on the British architectural style. James I was the last ruler to live in the palace. Since then, the identity of the tower of London has been diversified and used as fortress, armory, treasury, mint, palace, observatory, shelter and prison. This historic fortress was named World Cultural Heritage in 1988. Every year, it attracts many tourists to visit.

In order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the first World War, during the armistice from August 5 to November 11, 2014, the moat of London Tower turned into a red sea of corn poppy, which implied the blood shed in the war. More than 800000 ceramic corn poppy symbolized the soldiers who died in the first world war. The flower sea installation art was jointly created by Paul Cummins, a famous ceramic artist, and Tom Piper, a stage designer, which jointly opened the way for the historic sites to move into the art field.

The tower bridge near the tower of London can not only be used by vehicles and passers-by, but also can quickly raise the bridge deck to meet the demand of shipping when the giant ship whistles. Do you know that the tower bridge also has cross involved fashion? In October 2011, the 61 meter long glass corridor of the tower bridge changed into a high-altitude T-stage. The major brand managers and fashion buyers enjoyed the works of top designers from five continents in the air 44 meters away from the Thames River.

National Maritime Museum

Located in the southeast of London and south of the Thames River, the Greenwich coast area is the location of the world famous Greenwich Observatory and the royal palace. It was listed as a cultural heritage in 1997. The National Maritime Museum is located here. The museum consists of the Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the 17th century Queen's house. Built in 1807 and open to the public in 1937, the maritime Gallery displays important collections of British Maritime History, including ship models, maps, manuscripts, navigation instruments, timers and observatories.

Although the museum looks full of academic atmosphere, there are actually many projects worthy of the audience's participation. In 2015, the Greenwich Maritime Museum teamed up with Punchdrunk, the theatre company that created the hit play Sleep No More, to launch a show called "Against Captain 's Orders, a journey into the Uncharted" for children aged 6-12. Children put on life jackets, act as little seamen, experience an ocean adventure together, enjoy interesting performances, and learn the stories of sailing history and museum collections.

In August 2019, fire hazard, a game company that focuses on script based real-life competition, launched a series of games called "Raiders of the Lost Archives", and set different museums as competitive scenes according to the game content. Among them, the theme of "the extraordinary voyage" corresponds to the Maritime Museum. In the 90 minute activity time, the players compete with other teams in the form of teams in the process of problem-solving and interaction with the actors, and experience the adventurous journey of the navigators personally.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanical Garden in the southwest corner of London was founded in 1759. Kew Gardens, with many large-scale greenhouses and rich vegetation, is the perfect embodiment of the brilliant stage of British garden art from the 18th to the 20th century. Among them, Palm House, a Victorian building with unique glass and steel structure, is particularly eye-catching and is regarded as the landmark of Kew Gardens. The greenhouse has restored the climate of the tropical rainforest, collected many rare plants and rare flowers from Africa, America and Australia, some of which are even endangered in the wild environment.

Another important building in Kew Gardens is the hive, which is 17 meters high and consists of 170000 aluminum parts and 1000 LED lights.

This amazing contemporary art work was originally created by British artist Wolfgang Buttress for the British Pavilion in Expo Milan 2015. After four months of reconstruction, it reappeared in Kew Gardens in June 2016, becoming one of the most striking landscapes here and winning the best landscape installation award of Landscape Association 2016.

The device is connected with a real hive in a non open area in Kew Gardens. The stronger the activity of the hive is, the stronger the intensity of the light and sound effect in the device is. The multi sensory experience provides a more intuitive opportunity for tourists to explore the mysterious life of bees. The designers take this opportunity to express the importance of bee species and the difficulties they are facing.

Kew Garden is not only a royal garden for you to visit and enjoy the beauty of the four seasons, but also an important scientific research position for rigorous study and innovation.

As the Noah's ark in the plant world, the Millennium Seed Bank, the world's seed bank, has preserved 2.3 billion plant seeds, including 75% of the world's storable seeds, while scientists continue to discover new plant species from all over the world every year and expand their collections. Don't underestimate these works, the scientific research on plants is inextricably linked to our lives: Tu youyou extracted artemisinin from Artemisia annua, successfully developed a drug for malaria treatment, and saved millions of lives around the world. Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is the exclusive Chapel of the British royal family and has the supreme status in Britain. Since 1066, Westminster Abbey has witnessed the coronation of 38 generations of British monarchs. The grand royal wedding in the grand Westminster Abbey is a new trend in the 20th century, where the "wedding of the century" of Prince William and Kate Middleton was held in 2011. In 1987, Westminster Abbey was listed on the world cultural heritage list together with Westminster Palace and St. Margaret's church, because of its deep relationship with the British royal family.

Every summer, the open space outside the church becomes Luna cinema, which brings open-air experience to the audience. As one of the most well-known open-air cinemas in the UK, Luna Cinema adheres to the concept of "wherever there is lawn, there is a cinema". It is committed to searching for suitable and special places in Britain and screening carefully planned films for everyone. This year's films include not only popular new films such as rocket man, joker, parasite, but also classic masterpieces such as Romeo and Juliet. Although it is shown outdoors, advanced projection technology and customized audio equipment ensure the audience's high-quality viewing experience. With cool drinks and delicious snacks, you can enjoy the "feast" of vision, hearing and taste on a wonderful summer night.

Westminster Abbey also makes full use of the advantages of digital media platform to provide various services for believers and tourists. Readers interested in religion can listen to Archbishop Canterbury's sermon on the official website and enjoy the choir's carols. During the COVID-19 outbreak, Westminster Abbey also presented a series of lectures, virtual exhibitions and podcasts (abbeycast) on the official website.

London ’s places of interest strive to find a meeting point that meets the lifestyles of modern people and the needs of tourists, and guides people to approach these monuments with innovative actions. These places are no longer just a series of coordinates in the world heritage list, nor are they just the invariable historical symbols in people's inherent impression, they become a bridge to the past, active in our vision.

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