Modern veneration

An exploration of how veneration is still very much in evidence today – and not always in expected places. Celebrity bodies, for instance, are revered in the global cultures of the 21st century, similar in many ways to the veneration of holy individuals in medieval Europe.

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Introduction to the exhibition

The Treasures of Heaven exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred masterpieces of medieval art.

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Holy Thorn Reliquary

This reliquary was made to house a relic of the Crown of Thorns, the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.
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Medieval goldsmiths

Medieval goldsmiths were some of the most important craftsmen because they worked with precious metals.
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St Baudime reliquary

Watch the installation of the striking figure of St Baudime, resplendent in gilt-bronze.
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The story of St Ursula

Discover the story of the English princess Ursula who before her marriage went on pilgrimage to venerate relics in the Holy Land.

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