Today is National Beer Day (aka Beer Day Britain) in the United Kingdom. The date refers to the fact that Magna Carta was sealed on 15 June 1215 – and the famous legal document stipulated that there should be a single national measure for ale.
William Shakespeare, the Immortal Bard, died 401 years ago on 23 April 1616. We saw this memorial to the great English poet and playwright during our visit to London late last year. It’s in Southwark Cathedral (below).
Above the memorial there is a stained glass window which depicts many characters from Shakespeare’s plays.
Not surprisingly, Easter scenes are often depicted in the stained glass windows of churches. We saw these ones in St Pancras church in London – the crucifixion above and resurrection below.
Today is the anniversary of the publication of Samuel Johnson‘s great “Dictionary of the English Language” (aka Johnson’s Dictionary) on 15 April 1755. It remained the dictionary for the next 150 years.
We visited Johnson’s House during our visit to London six months ago. It is a nicely restored 18th century townhouse full of period furniture, Johnson memorabilia and books – including Johnson’s Dictionary of course.
Other exhibits that we liked at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London included the 3,000 year old painting above and the collection of shabtis (mummy style prayer figurines) below.
And we also stopped for a second look at this unusual pot burial skeleton from about 6,000 years ago.
We have a bit of a weakness for ancient artefacts, so we visited the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology last time we were in London.
The varied and interesting exhibits in the museum include the striking hieroglyphics above and the bull headed god below. The exhibits on display are just part of the museum’s total collection of over 80,000 items.
We noticed these tiled murals in a pedestrian underpass in Dover, during our most recent visit to England.
They illustrate the maritime heritage of Dover from Roman times to the present. Note the White Cliffs in the background.