Sutton Hoo exhibition (British Museum)

Birch class enjoyed their trip to the British Museum where they began to find out all about the Anglo-Saxons.

The centuries AD 300–1100 witnessed great change in Europe. The Roman Empire broke down in the west, but continued as the Byzantine Empire in the east. People, objects and ideas travelled across the continent, while Christianity and Islam emerged as major religions. By 1100, Europe as we know it today was taking shape.

The children saw an overview of the period and its peoples. The collections ranged from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, and from North Africa to Scandinavia. The gallery’s centrepiece was the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk – one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology.

Why not ask the children if they can tell you about the artefacts in the gallery?