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Just read about this article, Legion: Life in the Roman Army. Interesting

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/other/legion-life-in-the-roman-army-one-of-the-most-powerful-british-museum-exhibitions/ar-BB1i1wbY?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531&cvid=51cc391af8264deb9d0b177e32438d02&ei=35

The only complete surviving legionary long shield on display at Legion: life in the Roman army at the British Museum

The only complete surviving legionary long shield on display at Legion: life in the Roman army at the British Museum

 

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Many thanks @expat for bringing this to the forum attention.

Appears to be very interesting and I had  already booked tickets for next month. 

My observation, not quite a reservation, as I'm going anyway,  is that the general exhibition in museums in the UK are normally free and there is a charge for this exhibition for  as a "special exhibition". Fortunately the cost is of no relevance to me but charges in museums can  exclude people particularly young people. The British Museum does not charge for entry only "special exhibitions". To be precise there is opportunity for children to visit free at specific times so not all bad.

This is the public statement of the National Museum of Wales. 

"We believe that everyone has the right to access and engage with their culture and heritage free of charge. After all, the national collections belong to to the people of Wales.

I have no issue with paying entry fees  for private museums who clearly need support but in my opinion,  national collections should be supported by taxation, maybe diverting the cost of one missile to find them?

 

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34 minutes ago, Dafydd said:

Many thanks @expat for bringing this to the forum attention.

Appears to be very interesting and I had  already booked tickets for next month. 

My observation, not quite a reservation, as I'm going anyway,  is that the general exhibition in museums in the UK are normally free and there is a charge for this exhibition for  as a "special exhibition". Fortunately the cost is of no relevance to me but charges in museums can  exclude people particularly young people. The British Museum does not charge for entry only "special exhibitions". To be precise there is opportunity for children to visit free at specific times so not all bad.

This is the public statement of the National Museum of Wales. 

"We believe that everyone has the right to access and engage with their culture and heritage free of charge. After all, the national collections belong to to the people of Wales.

I have no issue with paying entry fees  for private museums who clearly need support but in my opinion,  national collections should be supported by taxation, maybe diverting the cost of one missile to find them?

 

Maybe you can post a short write up with some photos after your visit. Hope you enjoy what is displayed.

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28 minutes ago, Dafydd said:

Many thanks @expat for bringing this to the forum attention.

Appears to be very interesting and I had  already booked tickets for next month. 

My observation, not quite a reservation, as I'm going anyway,  is that the general exhibition in museums in the UK are normally free and there is a charge for this exhibition for  as a "special exhibition". Fortunately the cost is of no relevance to me but charges in museums can  exclude people particularly young people. The British Museum does not charge for entry only "special exhibitions". To be precise there is opportunity for children to visit free at specific times so not all bad.

This is the public statement of the National Museum of Wales. 

"We believe that everyone has the right to access and engage with their culture and heritage free of charge. After all, the national collections belong to to the people of Wales.

I have no issue with paying entry fees  for private museums who clearly need support but in my opinion,  national collections should be supported by taxation, maybe diverting the cost of one missile to find them?

 

I think it's because many of the artefacts do not belong to the British Museum. So the price does two things - it allows the British Museum to display items it does not usually have, and it allows both the British Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery to buy more things to display or rent out. Whether they should be buying things from other cultures is another question.

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3 hours ago, expat said:

Maybe you can post a short write up with some photos after your visit. Hope you enjoy what is displayed.

I am sure I will enjoy my visit and I will post some photos. 

There are several really interesting Roman museums in the UK but on my bucket list is Lyon, this will be a really great bonus.

The British Museum exhibition had an interesting write up commending it on 27th January in the Times newspaper.

The surviving long shield is not what I visualised. I thought it would be much plainer. Then again I am probably psychologically influenced by Sidebottom and Fabbri who , from memory, never mentioned colour as they wouldn't have known. 

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13 minutes ago, Dafydd said:

The surviving long shield is not what I visualised. I thought it would be much plainer

Here's a much better photo of it from the Yale website.

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3rdC AD, found at Dura Europos, Syria.

 

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2 minutes ago, Heliodromus said:

Here's a much better photo of it from the Yale website.

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3rdC AD, found at Dura Europos, Syria.

 

4 hours ago, expat said:

Maybe you can post a short write up with some photos after your visit. Hope you enjoy what is displayed.

I am sure I will enjoy my visit and I will post some photos. 

There are several really interesting Roman museums in the UK but on my bucket list is Lyon, this will be a really great bonus.

The British Museum exhibition had an interesting write up commending it on 27th January in the Times newspaper.

The surviving long shield is not what I visualised. I thought it would be much plainer. Then again I am probably psychologically influenced by Sidebottom and Fabbri who , from memory, never mentioned colour as they wouldn't have known. 

 

 

That is so impressive! It makes it more of a personal possession that a simple military issue like modern day fatigues. I guess if your life depended on this, you may put some care into it, and from what I can see we have homage to Victory and of course the imperial Eagle. I wonder if they were all the same or differed?

A fascinating subject.

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