After we checked into the Strand Palace Hotel, we headed off to our first destination. The British Museum is famous for holding the best exhibitions and the most spectacular objects of history. There is really something for everyone – there is such a wide range of choice! Unfortunately, we arrived here towards closing time, giving us just under two hours to see what we could. I would recommend if you visit here, come earlier on in the day to ensure you can make the most of your trip!
One of the sections I particularly liked was the money display. Money is so important in the evolution of our society and in different cultures around the world. There are different systems used in Chinese and Egyptian history compared to what we know, and even our history in currency has changed rapidly over the last hundred years: from coins, to cheques, to cards, to phones and now contactless cards. Money has also played a part in politics. During the Suffragette Movement, money was seen to be the mark of a man’s world, full of men’s rights and gender inequality. Some campaigners defaced the coins with messages calling for votes for women, which was shocking (it was illegal to deface money, a symbol of sovereignty and rule). Women used this to get their message heard loud and clear.
This photo is a cash register designed by Tiffany and co., the famous New York jewellery designers. This is a thing of beauty, and the detailing is exquisite.
There is also a lot of good art to be seen. This piece caught my attention. It details the journey of life to death, one half female and one half male, and the medicines that they take. Alongside, there are photographs and information of the people involved in the project.
The British Museum also has sections dedicated to Africa – its customs, history, textiles and art. This is the Tree of Life.
This was the last room which I caught. It is a very large rooms filled with lots of artefacts from different world cultures and British history, science and literature. Below is a replica of the famed Rosetta Stone. Sadly, I didn’t get time to see the real thing!
So much to see, so little time! If I come to London again, I would love to visit here again! It is free of charge to attend, although from time to time, there are special exhibitions which carry a small charge.