An ITP Spotlight Image from John Williams (BM Chief Photographer)

As many of our ITP network will remember, the British Museum’s Intranet – as well as containing news of programmes and projects around the Museum – has a ‘Spotlight on….’ image section, which is an opportunity for colleagues in Photography and Imaging to share their work. The photographs chosen are often unusual and must have a story to go with them.  This is the new image – and the story – that has just been posted…

In July of 2018 I travelled to Belfast with three International Training Programme Fellows and Senior Fellow Andrea Terrón (Guatemala) as part of their UK Partner Museum placement at National Museums Northern Ireland.

It soon became clear that Namrata Sarmah (India), Mariana Sainz Pacheco (Mexico) and Chantal Umuhoza (Rwanda) were huge fans of the TV series Game of Thrones.

So on a wet and windy day – on the way back from visiting the incredible National Trust site, the Giant’s Causeway – I found myself taking this shot on their behalf despite never having seen a second of the programme.

The ITP Fellows then decided a weekend bus tour of some of the locations used in the series was a good way to spend a very rainy Saturday!!

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, used in the Game of Thrones series.

 John Williams, Chief Photographer