Molly Rumbelow

Molly Rumbelow

My passion for London began in 1982 when I began to dig it up! I discovered a skeleton with a coin in its mouth, naturally, I was intrigued, and wanted to find out more about him!

At the time, I was working as a volunteer for the Museum of London Archaeology team. I had worked on a number of sites with them, including one in Pudding Lane, ironically  near where the Great Fire of London had begun in 1666.  Over the months that followed, working on different digs, I began to realise how barren my knowledge of the history of London was and so I applied to do the City of London Badge, where I was very successful and came top in a class of 90!  This led to colleagues and myself forming the City of London Guide Association, of which, I was the founder Member.

I them went on to do my exams for the famous Blue Badge.

Those were heady days in London, and for me still are, each day brings something fresh and exciting.  I was asked to join the well known Original London Walks Company, who I still work for, and was very fortunate to become one of their founder guides. I was at the same time working on coach tours in and outside of London and about that time began teaching for American Universities on Cultural Programmes. (My students still keep me on my toes!).

I was later, fortunate enough, to become one of the team of specialised guides working for the British Museum on tours and major exhibitions. The most recent being Pompeii, Sicily, and Sunken Cities.  Our team still help to look after their clients and V. I. P. guests guiding them through major exhibitions and relative galleries.

Over the past years I have combined the guiding, teaching and lecturing.  My specialised subjects are Walking Tours, Museums, Art Galleries, Historical Houses, Churches,  Art, Archaeology and Architectural related tours, together with Fine and Decorative Arts and London History related subjects.

I have written up and conducted over seventy walks, lectures and visits in London and beyond.  I have worked for a great variety of  organisations, and arranged many visits, events and tours and catered for a vast range of visitors ranging from the age of 90 to 9. I think that now any thing is possible!

In all the years my only regret is, that I was unable to find out who my skeleton was. However, I will always be very grateful for unearthing him, as he led me to all these other 'Wonderful Things'!.

Other:

B.A. Hons. Art History (University of London) Specialised Subjects:-Greek & Roman, Italian & Northern Renaissance,Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century British Art, Collecting and Collections.

M.A. History of Design. (Royal College of Art & Victoria & Albert Museum) Specialised Subjects:-Collecting and Collections Victorian Revival.

City and Guilds: Certificate of Education.

Freeman of the City of London

Founder Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Art Scholars.

 

Languages

English

Top 5 Specialities

Legal London Tour

Charles Dickens London Tour

Victoria & Albert Museum Tour

National Gallery Tour

British Museum Tour

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