|London is useful for something - the British Museum. The 'Treasure' exhibition is on there at the moment (though coming to a museum nearish you soon) and I would like to heartily recommend it to you. It is a snip at £3 for us lucky concessions (£7 otherwise).
You can be entranced by the beautiful warm-coloured gold of the fantastic Ringlemere cup, with its curved bottom that meant you couldn't put it down when it had something in it.
You can marvel at the ridiculously detailed gold bracelets of the Hoxne hoard, and the delightful birds somehow illustrated in gold on the curvy silver spoons.
Or gawp at the huge silver plates of the Mildenhall treasure...
See the delicious snakey gold torcs from Winchester, and hold a replica in your hand..
Come face to face with the Amesbury Archer himself, and see all the arrowheads he was buried with, and the curious gold objects that are some of the oldest ever found in Britain..
Ah, it was great. And then you can go and look round the rest of the museum at the Mold cape, the Rillaton cup, the Folkton Drums, the Bog Body from Cheshire etc etc. Not to mention countless interesting things brought back for your delight from all over the world. But we're on more shaky territory now. But it's great to see things from British (pre)history in the British museum. You can look on the website at
and the Compass tour too at
but it's like seeing the articles on the tv (as you may well have done) - and it just doesn't do them justice. If you have the opportunity, go.
Posted by Rhiannon
27th November 2003ce
Edited 20th May 2007ce