British Museum exhibition: Celts art and identity

A major exhibition narrating the vast and beautifully decorated culture of the Celts is currently showing at the British Museum, in association with National Museums Scotland. Beautifully crafted and presented in the new Salisbury wing of the museum, the exhibition seeks to identify the culture shared by many people of Welsh, Scottish and Irish origins.

More commonly known through the famous warrior Queen Boudicca who burnt Roman London to the ground in approximately 60AD, the term Celt refers to different tribes within northern Europe who shared a culture, rather than a particular group of people. The Celts left no written records, which means we largely rely on our interpretation of them from sources of those who encountered them, which is often a picture similar to Boudicca, of rouge-looking warriors.

The artefacts within the exhibition give a fuller picture, showing the styles and craftsmanship that went into Celtic armours, body ornaments and even cooking equipment. A particular key feature of the exhibition is the collection of Torcs, golden neck ornaments that differed stylistically between different groups of Celts.

The exhibition also shows the influence of the Celts globally, ranging from the patronage of the British Royal family of Celtic designs by Queen Victoria, and also the adoption of Celtic designs by communities living overseas, complete with three beautiful towering re-constructions of Celtic crosses, showing the mix between Christian ideologies and Celtic designs.

Celts is currently exhibiting at the British Museum until 31st of January 2016. Before visiting the exhibition, why not take a 2 hour highlights tour of the museum’s other collections with a private tour guide?

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The Rich History – Warwick Castle Tours

If you’re after an insight into British history, then why not embark on our Warwick Castle tours, as it definitely won’t disappoint. It has ancient buildings that are home to a marvel of history and myth and have both played significant parts in British history throughout the ages.

Warwick Castle’s rich history can be discovered on the Warwick Castle & Blenheim Palace Tours, where you’ll not only visit these locations, but get a first-hand experience of the wonder and beauty surrounding them too.

With a history that spans over 1,100 years, when it was first built by William The Conqueror in 1068, Warwick Castle has so much to offer. Sitting at the top of a hill, this medieval castle has been expanded and modified over the centuries by a wide range of individuals, families and monarchs, which is what makes it so unique and fascinating.

For history lovers and kids alike it will have visitors captivated from the moment they arrive. Regular ‘Horrible Histories’ productions are a great and fun way to learn about the history of the Castle, especially for the kids, whilst the tours throughout the castle and grounds give a more insightful look at the sumptuous interiors, stories, myths and magic behind this fantastic structure.

If you can stomach gruelling tales, then the Castle Dungeons provide visitors with a gruesome and realistic account of some of Warwick Castle’s darkest history, bringing it fully back to life with live actors and special effects.

You can also explore the many towers and ramparts of the castle, where you’ll find fascinating architecture that is centuries old, as well as breath taking views of the landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside.

It’s the perfect place for discovery and history in a beautiful setting.

British Museum Tour – Why the British Museum has something for all

Embarking on an exuberant and engaging day tour of London would not be complete without a visit to London’s magnificent British Museum where you can explore a wide array of historical and iconic artefacts from all over the world such as, stunning Parthenon sculptures, as well as a wide variety of relics from ancient Egypt to name a few. Whether you are young or old, a history enthusiast, have a passion for art and design, or enjoy learning about other cultures, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the British Museum.

Visitors touring this world-renowned museum get to experience an up close and personal look at the many historical and cultural items that the world has to offer in an exquisitely architected building.  View various currencies from all over the world, such as coins, banknotes and even shells, some of which that date back as far as 4000 years!

The British Museum hosts a wide variety of fascinating and engaging exhibitions, such as this years “Celts art and identity” exhibition that runs from 24 September 2015 through to 31 January 2016 which is the British Museums first ever major exhibition that examines the full history of Celtic art and identity.

Children of all ages will also find enjoyment at the museum with their various child friendly displays and hands on arts and crafts sessions that will give your children a genuine passion for learning.

While on your tour be sure to take advantage of the museums shop where you can buy anything from kid’s history gifts to stunning museum replicas that will allow you to continue to enjoy your favourite British Museum displays from the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to learn more about what the British Museum has to offer, or if you are interested in finding out about any of their upcoming events or exhibitions then why not get in touch and let us help you plan the perfect trip.