Monthly Archives: November 2017

  1. Museum Store Sunday

    ‘Black Friday’ is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season as people take the day off to extend the celebrations or spend time with their family. Most major retailers open extremely early and offer heavily discounted prices to entice shoppers, similar to Boxing Day sales in the UK. It has become the busiest shopping day of the year in the USA and the concept has been slowly spreading worldwide in recent years.

    There are two popular theories as to where the name ‘Black Friday’ originates from. One is that the wheels of vehicles in heavy traffic...

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  2. Christmas Carols

    This week the Christmas windows were unveiled in the shop, featuring a traditional Christmas Carols theme. This theme was created with the use of wreaths decorated with sheet music alongside antique music composition books. Also included are some wonderful Christmas gift ideas with some items inspired by classic Christmas carols such as angels and Jesus in a manger.

    Westminster Abbey Shop Windows


    Christmas carols have a long history going back thousands of years when songs were sung by pagans during the Winter Solstice celebrations. Early...

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  3. Remembrance

    Yesterday marked the opening of the Field of Remembrance 2017 at Westminster Abbey by HRH Prince Henry of Wales. The Field is organised by the Royal British Legion and pays tribute to all the brave Service men and women who have served in our Armed Forces since the First World War. The first Field of Remembrance was first set up in the grounds of Westminster Abbey in 1928 and there are now further fields in Cardiff, Lydiard Park (near Wootton Bassett), Belfast, Gateshead, Edinburgh, and the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

    Field of Remembrance

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  4. All Saints

    This is the week of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, two important Christian festivals which are often overshadowed in popular culture by Halloween (which is also known as All Saints’ Eve).

    All Saints’ Day, which is also known as All Hallows’ Day, is celebrated on 1st November by Anglicans and Catholics. As the name of the day suggests this is a day for Christians to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown throughout Christian history. Since the 4th century AD saints and martyrs have had specific days dedicated to them; 13th October, for example, marks the Feast of St Edward, the patron saint of Westminster Abbey. However, in 609AD, Pope Boniface IV decided there should be a day to remember all martyrs for the Christian faith whether they were known or...

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