April 18, 2011

Weekly News Update: Shakespeare's House, and Mary Rose, King James Bible, and Bess of Hardwick Exhibits

A dig at the site of Shakespeare's last home has began uncovering ground not touched for 400 years. According to this article, finds so far include "roof tiles, pottery and animal remains which experts from the trust say suggests that New Place was at times a high status household, with venison, and salt and fresh water fish supplementing the diet of meat from cows, pigs, sheep, geese and chickens." There will soon be an exhibit of the findings.

I've mentioned before on the blog that the Mary Rose Museum will be opening next year, displaying all of its fascinating artifacts. Here is a new article on the museum as well as a short video on some of the artifacts. According to the article, "the 19,000 artifacts found on Henry VIII's flagship's Mary Rose are to go on display in a new museum being built for the ship in Portsmouth. The £36m building, due to open in 2012, will allow the hull of the ship and its artifacts to be seen under the same roof. So far, most of the items have been held, unseen by the public, in conservation rooms."
The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible is being celebrated with an exhibit. Though the exhibit is now over, this article offers some fascinating insight into the wording of the King James Bible.

*Note: Apparently the exhibit is traveling to at least one other location, so you may still be able to see it! Read more here.

Bess of Hardwick's 200+ letters are going on display for the first time. According to BBC News, "the exhibition at Hardwick Hall near Chesterfield will allow visitors to see their content for the first time. The letters include exchanges with friends, lovers, royalty and spies."
Read more about this fascinating new exhibit here.

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