Queensland Museum hosts world premiere of Medieval Power

10 December 2015

Take a step back in time to a world where knights ruled, royalty reigned and a legacy was born with Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour at the Queensland Museum.

This exclusive exhibition will bring many of the British Museum’s medieval treasures to Australian shores for the first time giving visitors a chance to get up-close with these antiquities from the Middle Ages.

Featured within the exhibition will be more than 270 medieval artefacts from the British Museum’s world-class collection, spanning the period AD 400 to 1500.

Queensland Museum Network CEO & Director Professor Suzanne Miller said some of the artefacts had never been on public display before.

“From sumptuous pieces owned by royalty to the simple tools and household items used daily, the artefacts on display paint a vibrant picture of what life was like during the Middle Ages,” Prof. Miller said.

 “Certainly a highlight of the exhibition will be an iconic Lewis chessmen piece from a 12th century chess set – a collection item that draws visitors from all over the world to the British Museum.”

Objects featured in the exhibition include examples from courtly life, including jewellery made of precious metals and embellished with gem stones, as well as examples of everyday objects such as pottery, coins and candlesticks.

Other cornerstones of medieval life are revealed through tools of war, including knights’ helmets and swords and objects of religious significance such as stained glass, papal rings, devotional figures and plaques.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said the exclusive Medieval Power exhibition reinforced Queensland’s position as a prospering arts and culture capital.

“Medieval Power forms part of the 2016 It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events, and promises to be a significant drawcard for visitors to the State,” Minister Jones said.

“Major events such as this one help grow Queensland’s tourism economy and provide jobs for Queenslanders.”

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour exhibition showcased Brisbane’s burgeoning reputation for hosting exclusive events.

“Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour will be a great drawcard for both visitors and residents alike, and will join other exclusive events this summer including the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and the Brisbane International.”

Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour runs exclusively at Queensland Museum from 11 December 2015 – 10 April 2016.

Medieval Power: Symbols and Splendour is a collaboration between the British Museum and Queensland Museum, and is delivered in partnership with Brisbane Marketing and Tourism and Events Queensland, with support from Singapore Airlines, Accor Hotels and Channel 9. Funding for insurance has been provided through the Queensland Government Exhibition and Indemnification scheme, administered by Arts Queensland.


Adults: $22 Concession*: $19 Children (3-15 years): $12 Family (2A + 2C): $59 Groups (10+): $18 Schools: $10