Celtic Exhibition

A few days ago we went to The British Museum for an exhibition on the Celts.

The exhibition was about what the Celts were and are. I knew most of it already, but what was there was accurate except for lumping Picts in with Celts, when they were a separate race. The reason for this is the artwork, which they say is similar, but I can pick Pictish art out from Celtic at one hundred paces.

The highlight was seeing THE GUNDESTROP CAULDRON (excuse Caps) and was certainly worth the £17 admittance fee alone. They also had The Battersea Shield, so were pulling all the stops out to get exhibits.

I wasn’t surprised they had The Battersea Shield, as that was found in The Thames, but The Gundestrop Cauldron is something that I’d really wanted to see, but thought I’d never get anywhere near it. All I can say is that the photos don’t do it justice.

Viking Exhibition

Last Friday we went to see the Viking exhibition which is on at The British Museum.

It was a good exhibition which gave me a basic understanding of Viking life. It emphasised that they weren’t all raiders and pillagers and informed us of other facets of Viking life such as trading, although it did focus on boat building.

There was an interesting part on spellcasting. It seems that Viking women used staffs that were akin to weaving tools to weave fate.
The only criticism I have is that the objects shown were not numbered which meant that I had to spend a lot of time working out which object the text was talking about.