Stonyhurst exhibition goes stateside

The Morton skull from the Stonyhurst exhibits which will travel to Washington DC. (s)
The Morton skull from the Stonyhurst exhibits which will travel to Washington DC. (s)

A major new exhibition has opened in Washington DC featuring more than 50 artefacts from the collections of Stonyhurst College.

The exhibition tells the story of St Thomas More’s life and legacy through an amazing series of objects, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries.

The College’s rich collections of English Catholic historical artefacts are among the most important in the world, with its first acquisition dating back to 1609, making it the oldest museum in the English speaking world.

Many of the extraordinary objects in the exhibition were smuggled out of England in the 17th century to the College. The exhibition features medieval embroideries and illuminated manuscripts, including pieces which belonged to Henry VII, Katherine of Aragon and Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII’s mother and two gold crucifixes owned by Thomas More. The College’s rare First Folio of Shakespeare is also on display – the first time it has left Britain. The exhibition runs until March 31st 2017, with the objects then to be displayed in a new museum currently being installed at Stonyhurst.