2014 is a very special year for the Isle of Man and I’m really pleased that the ‘Mayer Mirror’, one of World Museum’s Celtic objects, is playing a starring role in the island’s celebrations. The mirror will be going on loan to the exhibition ‘Celtic Style’, staged by Manx National Heritage, and is one of the highlights of ‘Island of Culture 2014’, the largest cultural celebration ever to have been held in the Isle of Man.
The ‘Mayer Mirror’ is one of the most famous objects once owned by Joseph Mayer, a passionate collector, who gave his collection to Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) in 1867. The mirror, which is about two thousand years old, would have been made somewhere in Britain – we don’t know exactly where. The decorated side shown on the photo is, in fact, the back of the mirror and the front, which you can’t see, would have been highly polished. The museum’s records tell us that the mirror was probably found in the River Thames, close to Barnes in south-west London.
We are planning to take the mirror off display in early March, to prepare it for its journey to the Isle of Man, so do take the opportunity to see it in the Weston Discovery Centre on Level 3 of World Museum. Keep following the blog for news about another very special object which will be going on display in the Weston Discovery Centre very soon!
‘Celtic Style’, which runs from early April 2014 until February 2015, will be staged in the House of Manannan on Peel Quayside and explores Celtic style from prehistory to the present.