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Saint Thomas Becket at the British Museum

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, In : Museums 

The British Museum’s exhibition ‘Thomas Becket murder and the making of a saint’ is into its last days now and will close on 22 August. It is being held to mark the 850th year of his death (or the 900th of his birth), with the slight discrepancy of it now being 2021 (he lived 1120 to 1170) being explained by a postponement from last year due to lock-down.


The main drawback of exhibitions is usually the other people there, preventing you seeing what you want to see when you want to see it...


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British Museum: The False Door of Ptahshepses

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, In : Museums 

Like all displays of objects from Ancient Egypt, the British Museum’s collection is biased towards funerary objects, as these are what have survived best. This is partly due to an early preference on the part of Egyptians to be buried in the desert, where the arid conditions have been conducive to preservation. Amongst the largest and most detailed of the objects on display is the False Door of Ptahshepses which dates to around 2440 BC - part of the Old Kingdom, which ran from around 2,686 ...


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Havering Hoard

Posted by Ian McDiarmid, City of London Tour Guide on Thursday, September 17, 2020, In : Museums 

The Havering Hoard is the largest Bronze Age hoard to have been found in London, and is now available to see at the Museum of London Docklands, in Canary Wharf.


All 453 items from the site are on view, together with other items from the Museum of London, which help place the finds in context.


The objects, which date to around 900BC to 800BC, include axe heads, fragments of swords, axe heads, daggers and knives.


The finds were unusual in being recovered from four individually placed hoards within...


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The Oldest Trick in The Book

Posted by Rob Smith, Tour Guide at London Guided Walks on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, In : Museums 

I am always amazed when I cross Westminster Bridge to see the Three Card Trick in operation. In case you don’t know it, this is where three criminals con people out of their money in a rigged card game, also known as Find The Lady. One person has three cards set up on a table or box and they invite you to guess which one is the Queen of Hearts – the lady. One of the accomplices poses as a punter, who is doing well at the game and winning lots of money. The third person then befriends peop...


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Have you seen the magic wand in the British Museum?

Posted by Rob Smith, London Guide Walks Tour Guide on Friday, January 10, 2020, In : Museums 

With hundreds of thousands of objects on display at the British Museum, it is easy to miss one of the oldest things in the collection. And it comes, not from Egypt, Greece or Rome but from France. This baton made from reindeer antler is decorated with an image of a horse, and is 13,000 years old. It was made at a time when ice dominated Europe and France would have been dominated by glaciers and had a population of reindeer. But what exactly is the baton for?

 

It was discovered in 18...


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