The Museum of London is joining the British Museum in giving the Cultural Olympiad an historical perspective. “Londinium 2012” opened yesterday at the Museum of London, the largest city historical museum in Europe. The special exhibition portrays London as it was in the time of the Roman Empire, when many British athletes, then called “Celts” competed in the Augustan Olympic Games held every four years on the Bay of Naples.
“The exhibition is a reflection on London’s past as the whole world is looking at London now,” notes Andrew Marcus, Press and PR Manager at the Museum of London. That includes a sports history perspective. A video installation called “Gladiator Games” shows how athletic contests looked two-thousand years ago in ancient Londonium.. The last segment of the exhibition compares the ancient traditions of London to the area’s vibrant cultural community today. In recognition of this, guest of honor was Speech de Belle, a pop musician with a large following among young Londoners.
The program also builds bridges between ancient and modern London. British talent in multimedia is highlighted with multiple mixes of digital images and digital sound. Many of the installations were complete by members of the Museum of London youth panel. These talented teen have long term ambitions to work at museums and other cultural institutions. Their success at this program is one more way that the 2012 Olympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad are building a legacy that will last many years after the conclusion of the Closing Ceremony on August 12.