Tag: history

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

One of our most anticipated stops on our return trip to York was the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. It is a medieval-style building originally constructed in 1357 and remains the largest timber-framed building still standing in the UK. Though still used by the Merchant Adventurers’ for meetings and social activities, it mostly serves as a museum …

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Ye Olde York

Ye Olde York

Our first experience with York in England was a both lacklustre and whirlwind. We stopped briefly on our way to Edinburgh on a family road trip. We only had time to catch lunch and visit the Jorvik Viking Centre before we hit the road again. My husband and I both agreed we wanted to see …

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The Tower of London

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is an interesting bit of living history. Though it is no longer a royal residence, and is no longer maintained by the crown, it still plays an active role in the kingdom. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers is still housed there, as are the Yeomen Warders (better known as ‘Beefeaters‘). Though …

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The Admonitions Scroll

The Admonitions Scroll

When we learned we’d be leaving England, we decided to see as much as we could before our departure. Flying across an ocean is expensive, and our new destination was even further away than we started. Atop our list were more trips to the British Museum. We had visited the exhibits for all of our …

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A Historical Walk of Winchester

A Historical Walk of Winchester

One of our most anticipated stops during our stay in England was Winchester, a city with a great deal of history. There’s more than enough in the city to fill a full day. We decided to take a self-guided walking tour of the historical city using a pamphlet we picked up from the city’s information …

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The Meaning of Privacy

The Meaning of Privacy

When I was young, we never imagined a camera in every phone. We hadn’t even realized you’d be able to use portable CD players the same way you used a walkman cassette player and, in fact, cameras still required film. Oh boy, I’m dating myself! What a fantastic and novel concept, a portable database of …

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Highlights

Highlights

When we finished our tour of the British Museum Enlightenment gallery, a mini museum of its own, we headed toward a special exhibit centred around the Vikings. I wasn’t fond of the way the British Museum laid out their special exhibits. It seemed random and lacklustre compared to a place like the ROM, which tends …

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Meta Museum

Meta Museum

When you only have one day to spend at the British Museum, where do you start? My husband and I were lucky enough to be members for a year and, during that time, we tried to visit as many sections of the museum as possible. But when his family came to visit, we had only …

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Donnington Castle

Donnington Castle

At the end of our trip to Scotland, half our international visitors had to return home, while the other half were headed on a two-week European tour. Some of us were vacationed out by that point (we did a lot of walking!) but we still had time with the remaining half our company. Luckily there’s …

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Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

In 123 AD, the Roman Emperor Hadrian ordered the building of a vast wall across the frontier of Roman Britain. It’s purpose was to keep the Romans separated from the barbarians, since the Romans were having trouble conquering what remained of the British isle. The wall Hadrian’s soldiers built spanned 73 miles, from Bowness-on-Solway to …

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