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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 2A

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 2A – The Waddesdon Bequest, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The objects and artefacts in this gallery were bequeathed to the Museum in 1898. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Holy Thorn Reliquary, circa 1400, by Unknown
2. Deblin Cup, circa 1450-1500, by Unknown
3. Lyte jewel, 1610-1611, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This gallery houses about 300 objects that were given to the Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild.
  • Baron Ferdinand Rothschild was a collector and politician. His collection consists of several masterpieces from the Renaissance era – which he loved. Although the artefacts are largely from the 19th century.
  • He lived in his Buckinghamshire mansion which was known as Waddesdon Manor. The gallery is in fact named after this building. The New Smoking Room is where the Baron’s collection was originally displayed. The 16th century French-style Waddesdon Manor is now a National Trust property which is also open to the public.

A Final Thought :

This gallery showcases the collection of one the British Museum’s important early donors. The room is situated close to the Collecting the World gallery. Journeying through both these rooms gives the viewer a deep insight into the early years of the Museum. It informs us of how the immense collection came to the Museum in the first place, travelling from all over the world. With this knowledge, we are able to better appreciate the art, the artefacts, the cultures and the stories.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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