Monday, 28 March 2011

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe

A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum, entitled Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, is to take place shortly which features relics and reliquaries from the 5th to the 16th centuries.

Treasures of Heaven will feature objects drawn from church treasuries across Europe (including the Vatican), museums in the USA, and the British Museum’s own collection. It will bring together some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age, not seen in such significant numbers in the UK since the religious upheaval of the 16th century. Over 150 objects will be on display, including three thorns from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the True Cross, the rib of St Peter, and the Mandylion of Edessa from the Vatican. There will also be a related events programme, including a conference, lectures, talks and debates.

There are special rates for group visits of parishioners who would like to visit the exhibition as part of a larger group, or to partake in exhibition lecture packages (these include coffee and cookies, entry to the exhibition and a lecture by a British Museum expert). Group offers start from as little as 8 people.

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