Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: British Museum, these are a few of my favourite things #BritishMuseum #TreeofLife #RosettaStone #TheHolyThornReliquary

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Entrance to the British Museum in London

In 2018, Terence and I travelled to London on our own for two days before travelling on to Budapest. We spent a good 5 hours at my favourite museum. Many wonderful and mysterious historical objects lie behind these doors.

These are a few of my favourite things in the British Museum.

Tree of life – Museum of the World

The Tree of Life is a sculpture created by four artists in Mozambique. The Tree of Life was constructed from 600 000 guns and other weapons that were used during the civil war in Mozambique. After the war ended, citizens were encouraged to hand over guns to the authorities in exchange for ploughs, bicycles and sewing machines. These decommissioned weapons were cut up and provided to the artists.

The Rosetta Stone

The Rosetta Stone is one of the most important items in the British Museum. When it was discovered, nobody knew how to read ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Because the inscriptions say the same thing in three different scripts, and scholars could still read Ancient Greek, the Rosetta Stone became a valuable key to deciphering the hieroglyphs.

You can find out more about the Rosetta Stone by listening to this podcast:

The Holy Thorn Reliquary

What the British Museum says about the Holy Thorn Reliquary:

“This reliquary was made to contain a thorn, supposedly from the Crown of Thorns that was placed on Christ’s head before the Crucifixion. The armorial enamelled plaques in the base show that it was made for Jean, duc de Berry (1340–1416). The Crown of Thorns itself was a French royal relic, housed in its own chapel in Paris. Individual thorns were detached to make precious reliquary jewels.”

I’m going to end this post by sharing my favourite song from the Sound of Music: My Favourite Things

73 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – Thursday Doors: British Museum, these are a few of my favourite things #BritishMuseum #TreeofLife #RosettaStone #TheHolyThornReliquary

  1. Thank you, Robbie, for sharing the post about the British Museum. I’ve had the opportunity to visit the British Museum on several occasions and am awed by what is displayed there. The museum had a special exhibition on Celtic relics which I viewed a few years back.

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  2. Just from the few exhibits you’ve shared, I can see why you are so drawn to the British Museum. “The Tree of Life” is so inspiring! If only every country in the world made its own version . . .

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  3. If I ever get to London, this is definitely a place I want to visit. The Tree of Life is amazing and what a great story. The Sound of Music is my all time favourite movie and Favourite Things is such a great song!

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  4. When I saw the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, I was blown away. I was moved to tears when I saw Captain Scott’s last entry in his diary during the South Pole expedition. Seeing Jane Austen’s handwriting was amazing too.

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    1. Hi Darlene, I have not seen the two items you mentioned although I visited the replica of Scott’s Hut at Kelly Tarlton’s Seaworls in Auckland. I spend a lot of time in the Africa section and also the Egyptian sector. We also saw the Sutton Hoo relics and hope to see the burial mounds at Sutton Hoo during our December visit to the UK.

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  5. Sometimes, it’s what is behind the doors that are truly wonderful. That is certainly the case here, Robbie. I love the Tree of Life. I wish we could create a forest full of them here.

    I always enjoy visiting museums. Thanks for sharing these photos from your visit. I hope you’re enjoying the weekend.

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  6. I love how the tree of life was made, Robbie! I wish all parts of the world would do something like that. We have so many problems and debates on the gun issue. Thank you for these favorite things of your.

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      1. There are so many opinions abut gun control. People against gun control still can get guns without registration.. The latest shooting was someone with a homemade gun. We also have generations of gangs with parents who buy guns for the kids as birthday presents. sigh!

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        1. A homemade gun – wow! Guns for gifts for kids is also weird. A friend of Michael’s parents bought their oldest son a 2-2 gun and he shot his friend in the face with it. The friend lost his eye. Some people do really thoughtless things.

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          1. HI Miriam, yes, it was the right thing to do. The older siblings were getting into some naughty stuff. I find it strange how parents have large families and then are never there to see to the home. But maybe it’s just me who thinks like this. Terence noted I used the word odd and strange frequently every day. He says I must stop trying to understand peoples behaviour.


          2. When I worked with the parents, I realized not too many people have the same understanding of parenting or responsibilities of parents. Some are like baby making machine but just do the minimum of feeding them, no nurturing and no guidance.
            Problems such as this, there’s not too much we can do to help them. The roots of the problem are deep. If we can’t help them, just get out of their way so we don’t get hurt. You did the right thing, Robbie.

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  7. I agree with Miriam. Every city needs a tree of life made this way – trading weapons for tools of life and creation. “My Favorite Things” is still one of my favorite songs.

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  8. What a fabulous post, Robbie. I love the Tree of Life and its backstory, but they’re all wonderful displays. And The Sound of Music is my favorite musical. I played Sister Margaretta in my high school play. 🙂 My Favorite Things is another classic song. Thanks for sharing. 💕🎶


  9. I am inspired by this article on the British Museum – and I’ve promised myself that once I am well enough again, I will make a trip there. I particularly want to see that amazing Tree of Life. And I wasn’t aware that the Rosetta Stone resided in the British Museum, either… Thank you for sharing this, Roberta:)).

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    1. I am pleased I could let you know about these objects. I looked up the top ten items at the British Museum before I went the second time. I had already been once and realised I needed a plan if I wanted to see certain items as it is huge. The Rosetta stone and Thorn Reliquary were both on that list. I saw the Tree of Life more by accident because I am from Africa and so naturally, the Africa section was of interest to me. I also saw the Sutton Hoo helmet and we are hoping to visit Sutton Hoo (the burial mound) during our December UK trip.

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  10. Hi Robbie, I remember learning about the Rosetta Stone in school and I’ve always been fascinated by it. The fact that it was in 3 different scripts is super interesting to me. Thanks for sharing your museum pics!

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