Tunnel: Archaeology of Crossrail, Museum of London Dockland

If you’ve somehow managed to miss hearing about archaeology occurring as part of the creation of the Elizabeth Line, you must have been avoiding the news for years. This brilliant temporary exhibition highlights the key archaeological sites as well as some of the interesting finds related to the Crossrail project. Opening with a film alongside a wall painted with Crossrail facts, you’re instantly aware of the years of planning, effort and archaeology that have gone into the Cross-rail tunnel.

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Salisbury Museum

Covering 500,000 years of history in a small space is not an easy task, but unperturbed, that is what Salisbury Museum sets out to do; admittedly it focuses on some time periods more than others. But it does it well, incorporating archaeological finds of national importance alongside some truly local bizarre treasures . . . well at least one giant one anyway.

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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

There are a few museums that are just truly magical. Stepping through the stone Pitt Rivers Museum archway from the brightly lit, open atrium of the Oxford Natural History Museum is like stepping into Narnia. The space is darker and noticeably cooler. A hush descends as you step in as all visitors gasp in amazement, their breath taken temporarily stolen when faced with so much history and culture brought together under one roof and displayed in a manner they may never have seen before. Continue reading “Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford”

Manchester Museum

I’m a fan of curiosity cabinets. I’m sure it’s considered cliché by many museum curators, but I like the whole style of displaying varied collected items in this kind of aesthetically pleasing manner. A number of the cases at Manchester museum present collections in this style. It gives you the opportunity to see a wide range of objects in a small space. Contrasting colours, shapes, textures set alongside each other make for an impressive display. At Manchester Museum they know how to curate a case. Continue reading “Manchester Museum”

Celts Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland

Organised in partnership with the British Museum, the Celts exhibition was first on display in London before moving up to Edinburgh. It investigates the idea of a shared Celtic heritage across ancient Europe and how modern interpretations of ‘Celts’ have been revived, reimagined and in some cases reinvented over time. Due to the ‘no photography’ rule, of which I’m really not a fan, I’m just going to have to use such incredible description that you feel like you’ve seen it with your own eyeballs. Continue reading “Celts Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland”

Terracotta Warrior Museum, Xian, China

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When the word Terracotta is said it conjures images of a rich burnt orange colour. That is shortly followed by thoughts of the terracotta warriors at the funerary tomb of Qin Shi Huang, which are not the orange of plant pots, but a darker grey-brown. I’d like to think that the vast majority of people would recognise the Chinese terracotta warriors, even if they didn’t realise it was Qin Shi Huang’s tomb that they guard. Most people will have seen photographs of the row upon row of terracotta statues, standing to attention, looking similar but all slightly different. In these glossy magazine images they look pretty impressive. Continue reading “Terracotta Warrior Museum, Xian, China”