The Museum of the Mind:
Art and memory in world cultures
15 April – 7 September 2003
Supported by BP
To celebrate our 250th anniversary, this major display incorporates the whole Museum and its collection. At its heart 60 key objects illustrate the subject of memory across different cultures and time.
The exhibition celebrates the Museum itself as a receptacle of memory and explores the concepts of portraiture, identity, ritual, currency, funerary and commemorative sculpture, shrines and festivals. Souvenirs and memorabilia from before the 4th millenium BC are featured along with evidence of deliberate attempts to distort and efface memory.
Reliquary of St Eustace, Basle, Switzerland, around AD 1210.