Drop in to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery to see up close the real artefacts that inspired Charlotte’s adventure in ‘Teacup Travels’, the exciting second series has just started on CBeebies. What’s more, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery helped this epic tale come to life.
Teacup Travels is a treasure trove of epic adventure stories, which inspires audiences up and down the country by opening the door to ancient worlds and civilizations to young viewers. Each 15 minute episode revolves around Great Aunt Lizzie telling her fictional adventures in Ancient Greece, Edo Japan, the Viking Lands and the Mayan Empire and each story features a replica of an ancient artefact from a museum somewhere in the UK.
In series two, Great Aunt Lizzie’s magical stories are told to her niece Charlotte, and we are introduced to Lokesh, Charlotte’s cousin, who, whilst cradling a warming drink in one of Great Aunt Lizzie’s special teacups, are transported back through time to ancient lands, where the story begins.
Birmingham Museums Trust curator Adam Jaffer worked with the makers of Teacup Travels (Plum Films) to recreate the Skyphos from the Ancient Greek era. Painstakingly re-made by Plum Films’ prop-maker, this episode in series two was inspired by this object from the collection at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. The TV production team has been truthful to the original artefacts, ensuring that they look the part through a detailed process of recording how the items were found, the state they were in, how they were originally used so that the replica in the series is used properly by the cast.
Julia Bond, BBC Children’s Independent Executive says: “Teacup Travels is a lovely collaboration between museums, who are experts in their own field of archaeology, and creative storytelling. Through Charlotte and Lokesh we experience a lovely collection of stories wrapped up in the comforting voice of Great Aunt Lizzie, played by Gemma Jones. We have lots more surprises in store as the series unfurls, so keep a watchful eye on your screens, over the coming weeks.”
In support of the show, the BBC’s CBeebies website helps children go on a journey of discovery. From watching the show on television, to clicking online, they can easily find out where Great Aunt Lizzie’s treasures are located around the country by downloading a printable PDF of the Teacup Travels “museum map” which features a summary of where they can be discovered.
So, after your children have watched Charlotte’s tale of derring-do on screen, you can take them along to see the inspirational artefacts at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, for free, to learn a bit more about the ancient world of the Greeks, their archaeology and civilization.
Teacup Travels Series Two is showing from 17.20pm weekdays on CBeebies and will be available on the iPlayer for 30 days afterwards. The Skyphos episode will air on Wednesday 11th January.
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Birmingham Museums Trust
Birmingham Museums Trust is an independent charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. It uses the collection of around 800,000 objects to provide a wide range of arts, cultural and historical experiences, events and activities that deliver accessible learning, creativity and enjoyment for citizens and visitors to the city. Most areas of the collection are designated as being of national importance, including the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Attracting over 1 million visits a year, the Trust’s venues include Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle. For more information, head to www.birminghammuseums.org.uk.