The Celts

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Hunterston Brooch – Silver, Gold, amber, Hunterston, South West Scotland, AD 700 – 800 © National Museums of Scotland via the British Museum

My parents staying at the moment which always means catching up on some exhibitions. The first one we went to was The Celts – Art and Identity at the British Museum.

I probably wouldn’t have gone to this off my own back but I’m glad I got to see it. It was really interesting and there were some amazing artefacts in the exhibition.

My main takeaway is that we are all Celts. The term Celts really refers to most of Northern Europe. The modern version of Celtic culture is all a Victorian invention.

That feels huge to me and really fascinating. So much of our current culture comes from the Victorians and a lot of that was invented or created by them, loosely based on history.

Really really fascinating.

I love having my perspective and perceived ideas challenged. That’s what I love about going to exhibitions. You can go in thinking one thing and leave thinking something completely different.

The exhibition is on until the end of January so there’s still time.