Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The New Medieval Galleries at the Bristish Museum

British Museum's Medieval Europe Gallery: a golden compass to a dark age - Times Online

The British Museum owns one of the pre-eminent collections of medieval art, artefacts and archaeological pieces in the world. For 25 years it has been languishing in an uninspiring gallery that many visitors unfortunately treated as the corridor on the way to the Egyptian section.

Now the collection, which includes the famous Royal Gold Cup, the beautiful Dunstable Swan Jewel and many other unique works, is being redisplayed in a renovated first-floor gallery (formerly used for storage). It has been given the space, the context and the focus to show a degree of sophistication that may surprise many.

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