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. 


An Englishman, a Frenchman and a watchman: the cross-border life of Robert Lenoir (1898–1979)

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a watchman: the cross-border life of Robert Lenoir (1898–1979)

Thursday 19 November 2015, 18.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Born in France, trained in Switzerland, but naturalised as British, Robert Lenoir offered a nexus between competing horological communities compelled by circumstance and personal ties to collaborate closely. British imports of Swiss parts, raw materials, machine tools, patterns, jigs, techniques, sometimes even the skilled technicians themselves, all colour the story of this remarkable man – trainee watchmaker, Great War combatant, motor accessory salesman, chief technical officer, and pivotal figure in post-Second War British watchmaking. Using newly discovered material, James Nye charts the biography of this remarkable man against a context of 20th-century conflict. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the theatre foyer. 


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 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. 


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