Wednesday, January 05, 2005

British finds of lovely scope...

In 1990 I spent 3 months in England, primarily London. It was a glorious time, but also a difficult one as it was the first time I had really been away from home and truly unable to come back. One of my favorite places was the British Museum. It holds more glorious treasures of antiquity than a person could see in a week's time. I found myself standing before Assyrian lions that guarded the entrance to the ancient towns of these warring people, face to face with Egyptian mummies, surrounded by the Temple of Artemis (Dianna) – you know the one that Paul of Scripture discovered had zealous adherents? I could experience first hand the history and it came to life. I think that was when I began to understand the great and marvelous importance of history. What a beautiful thing it is to see what so many others – for thousands of years – have seen. It becomes a part of you in a way that is hard to describe. I am part of the great march of history.

In light of this, I wanted to share with you the British Museum curator’s top ten finds of their entire hoard. Curiously there are no books – which I find to be sad because I know they have an enormous manuscript section. However, their choices span Great Brittan’s history from BC to AD. I hope you enjoy it!

From the intro of the British Museum's Top 10 Treasures:

What are the most important British treasures in the British Museum? What makes one treasure more important than another?

Adam Hart Davis from the BBC asked British Museum curators these questions when making the programme 'Our Top 10 British Treasures' for BBC2 (New Years Day 2003).

In most people's minds, the word 'treasure' is linked with images of gold and silver worth huge amounts of money. But the BBC was surprised by some of the choices that the curators made; for the British Museum what makes a treasure valuable can not be measured in pounds or dollars, but in what it can tell us about our past. Curators selected not necessarily the most expensive 'treasures' found on British soil, but those whose discovery had made the most significant contribution to how we understand British history.

This picture is a compilation of their top ten. To visit again would be a marvel. I could live there for years on tea and scones with my dear friend Circle of Quiet. Care to join us?


J o y c e said...

Hi Kate
Thanks for posting your blog info on the twtm boards. I'll link to you from my blog list next time I update it :)

Joyce in Calif

Kim said...

Just wanted to pop by and say that I got your blog link from TWTM!

I history too!

Kim in ON

Circle of Quiet said...

You're buying the tickets for all (14!) of us, right? Just set a time and we will be there.


Anonymous said...

When Marcel-Pierre and I were in London, we had a horrifyingly short 1 hour to spend in the BM. Must get back there...


Dy said...

I would *love* to have tea and visit the museum and share a lovely afternoon of visiting.

But you must tell me what clotted cream is...