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The Lewis Chessmen

In April 1831, a curious collection of carved figures was exhibited to members of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.   They had been found earlier that year, on a beach near Uig on the Isle of Lewis.  1,243 more words

Scotland

isle'ove lewis

The Isle of Lewis was unique in this trip in that it was the only island on my itinerary that I had already visited, partly due to it being the island where my Dad was born. 1,999 more words

Scotland

Chess, and Some Very Special Pieces

So, you know that Checkmate just came out, right? Of course you do, and you’ve already downloaded your ebook copy. And because you have, you know that it prominently features a chess game. 444 more words

Writing

Advent: December 19th

Behind on my days again! Not doing very well this year!

This is the back view of one of the Lewis Chessmen.

These are mediaeval chess pieces exquisitely carved from walrus ivory that were discovered on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland in 1831. 60 more words

Medieval Power at the Queensland Museum

The Queensland Museum has just opened a new exhibition on Medieval Power. It runs until 10 April 2016. As the museum trumpets in its promo, it will be ‘the first museum in the world and the only one in Australia and New Zealand to host this incredible new exhibition curated by the British Museum.’ 799 more words

European History

EuroTrippin': London (Part 3) - British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753, but it didn’t open to the public until 1759. The museum is older than the United States! It’s open daily from 10 AM to 5:30 PM (8:30 PM on Fridays) and the best part? 817 more words

Adventures

A trip to London

I went to London for a few days. It was fascinating and fun but I did have a panic attack on the tube which was at first frightening and then mortifying – however, all in all it was an interesting few days! 12 more words