Europe 1400–1800 (Room 46)

The Europe 1400-1800 gallery charts a period of great social change that radically altered everyday life. From the Italian Renaissance to The Enlightenment, Europe was shaped by the migration of intellectuals, craftsmen and merchants. Trading links with Africa, Asia and the Americas exposed Britain and continental Europe to new ideas and global luxuries.

The growth of cities created a need for new technologies, fuelling the industrial revolution, while religious wars and political revolutions established our fundamental rights and freedoms. Immigrants fleeing religious persecution from across Europe, including Jews, Huguenot Protestants and others, enriched British culture and identity. Exotic objects from royal treasuries, luxury goods and fashionable accessories, alongside ordinary tablewares, made of ceramics, glass, gold and silver, and more, reveal the physical evidence of human experience.

A new feature illustrates the history of early Jewish communities in England, and aspects of Jewish life and religion in England and Europe