1606: William Shakespeare and the year of Lear

1606: William Shakespeare and the year of Lear

Friday 29 July 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, was a fraught one for England. Plague returned, there was surprising resistance to the new king's desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain, and fear and uncertainty exposed deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot. In this special event, Dora Thornton, British Museum, and Professor James S Shapiro, Columbia University, discuss how Shakespeare’s extraordinary plays responded to these tumultuous events. 


Curator's introduction to the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Curator's introduction to the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds

Friday 10 June 2016, 15.00
Monday 18 July 2016, 13.30
Thursday 22 September 2016, 13.30
Saturday 8 October 2016, 12.00
Thursday 24 November 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

A British Museum curator gives a 45-minute introduction to the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds


Greek kings and Egyptian gods

Greek kings and Egyptian gods

Thursday 4 August 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Alexander the Great’s conquest of Egypt in 332 BC marked the beginning of three centuries of Greco-Macedonian rule under the Ptolemaic Dynasty. These rulers used pharaonic tradition to facilitate the transition of power. In this lecture, Exhibition Curator Aurélia Masson-Berghoff examines the phenomenon of dynastic cult during the Ptolemaic period, explaining how temples, sacred art and festivals celebrated Egyptian gods as much as the Greco-Macedonian dynasty. 


Japanese porcelain: Kate Malone and Hitomi Hosono in

Japanese porcelain: Kate Malone and Hitomi Hosono in

Saturday 6 August 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Ceramic artists Kate Malone (judge on BBC2'sThe Great British Pottery Throw Down) and Hitomi Hosono join Nicole Rousmaniere, curator of the Asahi Shimbun Display Made in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain, to discuss Japanese porcelain. 


Rome and Egypt: a long relationship

Rome and Egypt: a long relationship

Thursday 1 September 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

In this lecture, Ross Thomas, British Museum, looks at the long history of contact between Italy and Egypt, from early trade to the rise of the Rome, and Egypt eventually becoming a Roman province after Cleopatra’s downfall. He reveals how traces of different cultures can be found within the archaeological record of Egyptian port cities, including Naukratis and Thonis-Heracleion. 


The Ptolemaic practical guide to ruling a multicultural society

The Ptolemaic practical guide to ruling a multicultural society

Friday 21 October 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

The Ptolemies ruled Egypt between the 4th century BC and the death of Cleopatra in 31 BC. They mastered the art of soft power and spin doctoring, winning the hearts and minds of their multicultural audiences at home and abroad. In this lecture, Heba Abd el-Gawad, Durham University, asks how and why it all worked, and whether modern rulers and governments could benefit from looking at the Ptolemaic system in relation to current multicultural tensions. 


Timing the stars: astronomers, clockmakers and German precision horology around 1800

Timing the stars: astronomers, clockmakers and German precision horology around 1800

Thursday 17 November 2016, 17.30 drinks reception, 18.00 lecture
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

The annual Dingwall-Beloe lecture

Speaker: Dr Sibylle Gluch

Drinks reception before event at 17.30. Lecture begins 18.00. 


Traders and 'men of bronze': the Greeks in Egypt

Traders and 'men of bronze': the Greeks in Egypt

Saturday 3 October 2016, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

The ancient Greeks began to visit and settle in Egypt from the 7th century BC onwards. One of the key centres of contact and exchange was the mixed Egyptian-Greek trading post of Naukratis, 'sister' port of Thonis- Heracleion and the subject of new research at the British Museum. In this lecture, Alexandra Villing, British Museum, reveals how the excavations since 2012 are shedding new light on early encounters and the ensuing long-term exchange, which transformed both Greek and Egyptian culture.