Curator's introduction to the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Curator's introduction to the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Thursday 21 September 2017, 13.30 (SJS)
Thursday 12 October 2017, 13.30 (SJS)
Thursday 14 December 2017, 13.30 (CL)
Saturday 13 January 2017, 13.30 (CL)
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Exhibition Curators St John Simpson (SJS) and Chloe Leighton (CL) give a 45-minute illustrated introduction to the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia


Fabergé and the goldmaking tradition of Russia

Fabergé and the goldmaking tradition of Russia

Thursday 11 January 2018, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Peter Carl Fabergé is considered by many to be the high point of Russian craftsmanship in gold and enamel.

In this talk, Caroline de Guitaut, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts in the Royal Collection, examines the influence and inspiration of ancient Scythian goldwork on Fabergé’s work. 


Just who were the Scythians?  Ancient accounts from Herodotus to Sima Qian

Just who were the Scythians? Ancient accounts from Herodotus to Sima Qian

Friday 10 November 2017, 18.30-19.30
BP Lecture Theatre

Historian, broadcaster and recent translator of Herodotus' The Histories Tom Holland joins historian of ancient China Frances Wood, author of The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia, to discuss varying ancient accounts of the Scythians, from Herodotus in the west to Sima Qian in the east. Chaired by Jonathan Williams, Deputy Director of the British Museum. 


Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation: Black history and cultural heritage in museums

Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation: Black history and cultural heritage in museums

Friday 6 October 2017, 18.30-20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Reni Eddo-Lodge, journalist and author of Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race, is joined by British Museum Curator Christopher Spring to discuss how black history and heritage is represented in museums.

They will also discuss how people in the UK view black heritage through education and the cultural sector, and the role that museums can play in communicating narratives of black cultural identity.

Presented in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Part of Black History Month 2017. 


Scythian and Celtic art: parallels and developments

Scythian and Celtic art: parallels and developments

Thursday 28 September 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Chris Gosden, Professor of European Archaeology and Director of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, looks at the cross-fertilisation of cultures in Eurasia, as shown through Scythian and Celtic art. 


Scythian and related goldwork: new research and discoveries

Scythian and related goldwork: new research and discoveries

Thursday 2 November 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

British Museum Scientist Aude Mongiatti highlights the latest scientific research on Scythian goldwork, including fascinating new discoveries made during the conservation of objects for the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia


Sir Barry Cunliffe on steppe nomads of Eurasia

Sir Barry Cunliffe on steppe nomads of Eurasia

Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30-19.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Historian and archaeologist Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe examines the dramatic human story of the earliest domestication of wild horses on the Eurasian steppe.

Following his acclaimed book of 2016 By steppe, desert and ocean: the birth of Eurasia and in advance of his latest publication on the Scythians, this lecture examines the earliest domestication of horses by pastoralist nomads on the steppe, and the sudden emergence of predatory warrior hordes in the early centuries of the first millennium BC. 


The mouth of Kemet: ancient Egyptian language and script in their African setting

The mouth of Kemet: ancient Egyptian language and script in their African setting

Thursday 26 October 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Stephen Quirke, Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College London, examines how, for at least 3,500 years, down to the 5th century AD, people in the lower Nile Valley used a hieroglyphic script to write one African language – Egyptian.

He will reveal how ancient names for this language (‘the mouth of the black land’) and script ( medu netjer – ‘words of the divine’) take us beyond European thinking on art, religion and philosophy to distinctly African concepts of life and time.

Part of Black History Month. 


The music of the clock, c. 1300–c. 1600

The music of the clock, c. 1300–c. 1600

Thursday 23 November 2017, 17.30 drinks reception before the lecture at 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

The annual Dingwall-Beloe horological lecture 2017 will be given by Matthew Champion, Birkbeck, University of London.

Please arrive at 17.30 for a drinks reception before the lecture at 18.00.

This event was founded with funds bequeathed to the British Museum by former Assistant Keeper of Printed Books in the British Library Dr Eric Dingwall, and to the Clockmakers’ Company by the noted horological collector Mr Reginald Beloe. It is intended that these annual lectures should make new contributions to our understanding of the history of horology, at an international level. 


Vikings and the Rus'

Vikings and the Rus'

Friday 3 November 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

In this talk, Curator Thomas Williams, British Museum, discusses how the Vikings helped to shape the modern nations of Russia and Ukraine, bringing the west into contact with the descendants of the Scythians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.