The New British Passport Celebrates the Arts and Culture of the U.K.

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Nov 4, 2015
References: independent & dezeen
The new British passport celebrates the artistic and cultural history of the United Kingdom.

Each illustrated page of the 34-page document highlights a different British innovator and their achievements. The historical markers span the course of the last 500 years of British history. Included in the seven showcased cultural figures are architects Elisabeth and Giles Gilbert Scott, artist John Constable, carpenter and clockmaker John Harrison and early computer programmer Ada Lovelace. Other illustrated pages show scenes of cultural festivals, displaying the diversity of the United Kingdom. The new British passport also contains several new security features, including invisible ink, holographic images, three-dimensional watermarks and embedded fibers that change color under UV light.

The British passport update reflects a desire on the part of the United Kingdom's government to showcase national achievements in a tangible way.