80,000 years of rock art production in southern Africa

80,000 years of rock art production in southern Africa

Monday 21 September 2015, 14.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Benjamin Smith, University of Western Australia, explores the evidence for the origins of art and spirituality in southern Africa around 80,000 years ago. He follows the story of our understanding of the meaning of southern African rock art from earliest times up until the last painters less than 100 years ago. This lecture is part of the African Rock Art Image Project, supported by the Arcadia Fund. For more information, visit britishmuseum.org/africanrockart  


Africa's response to epidemic threats

Africa's response to epidemic threats

Friday 2 October 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5.00, members/concessions £3.00

Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explores the epidemic threats that Africa has faced in recent times, particularly looking at HIV/AIDS and the recent Ebola outbreak. He considers how the worldwide community and Africa responded, where we are now, lessons learnt and the future. In particular he will emphasise the relationship between culture, development and health in Africa. 


Bushman rock paintings from Lesotho, their meaning and their age

Bushman rock paintings from Lesotho, their meaning and their age

Monday 20 July 2015, 14.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free booking essential

Lesotho boasts one of Africa’s richest rock art heritages, including the only sites in the world at which painted scenes were interpreted for a Western observer by a Bushman when rock art was still being produced there. In this talk, Peter Mitchell, University of Oxford, will discuss contemporary understandings of Bushman rock art, present brand new results from the dating of rock paintings in Lesotho and consider the challenges that face the art’s survival today. This lecture is part of the African Rock Art Image Project, supported by the Arcadia Fund. For more information, visit britishmuseum.org/africanrockart 


Classicism and nationalism: the Greek body in Enlightenment Europe

Classicism and nationalism: the Greek body in Enlightenment Europe

Friday 26 June 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

This discussion will reflect on the rediscovery of classical Greek art in the 18th century and how this influenced both the cultural and political landscape of Western Europe. Features Matthew Bell, King’s College London, Katherine Harloe, University of Reading,Athena Leoussi, University of Reading, and author and historian Dominic Selwood. 


Collecting Indigenous Australian art

Collecting Indigenous Australian art

Friday 3 July 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions

Renowned dealer in Australian art Rebecca Hossack chairs a panel discussion considering contemporary Indigenous Australian art and collecting, exploring the position of this work in the broader contemporary art market with its related constraints and possibilities. 


Curator's introductions to Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

Curator's introductions to Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

Various dates, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Thu 7 May, 13.30 GS
Sat 16 May, 13.30 RM
Thu 25 Jun, 13.30 GS
Thu 16 Jul, 13.30 RM

Exhibition Curators Gaye Sculthorpe (GS) and Rachael Murphy (RM) give a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition. The event on 16 July will have speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing people. 


Curators' introductions to Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

Curators' introductions to Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

Friday 17 April, 13.30 (IJ)
Thursday 23 April, 13.30 (CF)
Friday 8 May, 13.30 (IJ)
Thursday 18 June, 13.30 (CF)
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Exhibition Curators Ian Jenkins (IJ) and Celeste Farge (GF) give a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the exhibition Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art.The event on 18 June will have speech-to-text transcription for deaf and hard of hearing people. 


The Greyfriars Project: Richard III and a 500-year-old cold case

The Greyfriars Project: Richard III and a 500-year-old cold case

Friday 17 July 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Turi King, University of Leicester, will discuss the recent rediscovery of Richard III, from the start of the project through to the various strands of analysis carried out which led to the identification of the remains. 


The Museo Egizio in Turin 1824-2015: new connections and archaeological contextualisation

The Museo Egizio in Turin 1824-2015: new connections and archaeological contextualisation

Friday 24 July 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Egyptian Museum of Turin was one of the main centres of Egyptology in Europe, promoting projects and attracting scholars. Following more than three years of refurbishment work, the world’s second largest collection of Egyptian objects after Cairo has reopened to the public, showcasing state-of-the-art displays and a new exhibition space. Newly appointed museum director Christian Greco discusses his new role and priorities for the future. 


The Parthian Empire and the Silk Routes

The Parthian Empire and the Silk Routes

The Vladimir Lukonin Memorial Lecture

Thursday 16 July 2015, 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, British Museum, examines the rise of the Parthian Empire in the 2nd century BC and Parthia’s position as middle man in the vibrant East-West trade that connected China with the River Euphrates and Rome. 


The medals of the Sun King

The medals of the Sun King

Saturday 27 June 2015, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Mark Jones, University of Oxford, will talk about the extraordinary medallic history produced by and for Louis XIV of France – a unique and fascinating self-portrait of the regime that dominated Europe for nearly 60 years. 


Turning the world upside down:

Turning the world upside down:

The emergence of camel caravans and overland trade in the ancient Near East

MBI Al-Jaber Foundation Public Lecture


Saturday 25 July 2015, 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Peter Magee, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, presents the latest evidence for dromedary domestication in Arabia. Booking and information: Seminar for Arabian Studies, c/o Department of the Middle East, British Museum seminar.arab@thebfsa.org 


Wanassa, Kypris, Aphrodite! The Great Goddess of Cyprus

Wanassa, Kypris, Aphrodite! The Great Goddess of Cyprus

Friday 16 October 2015, 19.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

According to Greek mythology, the goddess Aphrodite was born in the sea off the coast of Cyprus. In collaboration with the Cultural Section of Cyprus High Commission in London, the Department of Greece and Rome present the UK premiere of Wanassa, Kypris, Aphrodite! The Great Goddess of Cyprus, a documentary exploring the complex origins and nature of the cult of Aphrodite in Cyprus. Cypriot artist George Petrou will present recent video and photographic work inspired by the myth of the birth of Aphrodite and its impact on beauty, desire and love across time, space and civilisations.
Director: Stavros Papageorghiou
Cyprus, 2015, 60 mins 


Waterloo: four days that changed Europe

Waterloo: four days that changed Europe

Friday 26 June 2015, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Tim Clayton, author of a new account of the Waterloo campaign and co-curator of the exhibition Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon, talks about the difficulty of discovering the truth about the Battle of Waterloo, using newly published first-hand accounts.

Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission.