A new exhibition, entitled Celts – Art & Identity, is coming to the British Museum on 24th September 2015 to run until 31 January 2016, curated by Julia Farley, who contributed last year’s Mt Haemus paper and Fraser Hunter, National Museums Scotland. The exhibition then goes up to Edinburgh. This is how the BM site introduces it:
Come on a journey tracing what it means to be Celtic. The more you look, the more you’ll see…
This is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity, and is organised in partnership with National Museums Scotland. The story unfolds over 2,500 years, from the first recorded mention of ‘Celts’ to an exploration of contemporary Celtic influences. Discover how this identity has been revived and reinvented over the centuries, across Britain, Europe and beyond.
Many objects provide clues to and raise questions about Celtic identity. From the depths of the River Thames come magnificent Iron Age treasures such as the Waterloo helmet and Battersea shield. Roman jewellery, early medieval manuscripts and crosses, a Liberty tea set and even a modern football shirt tell a constantly evolving British and Irish story. Major loans, such as the spectacular Gundestrup cauldron, reveal profound cultural connections across Europe.
The fascinating art and history explored in the exhibition have deep resonances for those in Britain, Ireland and the global Celtic diaspora today, influencing everything from music and literature to sport and spirituality.
On one of the museum’s webpages about the exhibition, they have reproduced Will Worthington’s painting of the Prince of Swords from The DruidCraft Tarot, which shows the Waterloo helmet and the Battersea shield. Have a look here.
And here is Dr Farley and Dr Hunter talking about the exhibition: