Rape, Pillage and Plunder
That sounds like a civilised way to spend a Saturday afternoon surely? The other weekend my oldest friend Sarah and I headed for Holborn to enter the world of the Vikings, or at least an exhibition on them at the British Museum. I have to confess to not having the most extensive knowledge of this ancient race past the stereotypical rape, pillage and plunder but the British Museum is one of my favourite places in London so we thought we’d give it a whirl. It was a Saturday so it was pretty heaving but, armed with our multimedia guides we headed in. I think the thing that stuck me most was the jewellery, most likely because I’m a bit of a magpie but also because the intricacy was stunning. I think it would be a fun date place actually as it has a little something for everyone, from swords to jewellery and even a full size Viking longboat. Also, if conversation runs dry you can always just pop your headphones on and listen to Sandi Toksvig narrate. My particular favourite was the big gold necklace at the top, it’s absolutely huge and must weigh a ton but it’s just beautiful.
I’m pretty sure Alex would love one of these, it’s an ornate cover for a drinking horn. Something tells me you’d definitely be able to remember which glass was yours at a party with one of these.
It probably took us a couple of hours to cover the whole thing and apparently we’d slightly lost the plot by the time we emerged into the gift shop.
It’s a really fun and interesting exhibition (not least because of the excellent gift shop offerings) and if you can go during the week then you probably won’t have quite so many people to contend with. It’s on until June 22nd and you can get tickets below: