Members' Exclusive Lecture - Inspiring Rodin

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Inspiring Rodin

Monday 26 March 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

Curator Ian Jenkins will talk about the upcoming exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece. This major exhibition will feature around eighty works by Rodin and tell the story of the artist’s fascination with the Parthenon sculptures. The famous Greek sculptures had a tremendous impact on Rodin’s creation of the human form, inspiring such works as the Kiss.

£15, includes a complimentary drink, booking required.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Thirty Years War: Why did it take so long to make peace?

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Thirty Years War: Why did it take so long to make peace?

Monday 19 February 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was Europe’s most destructive conflict prior to the two twentieth-century world wars. At least 5 million people died in the Holy Roman Empire, the war’s principal battleground, or one in five of the population. It was widely believed at the time and subsequently that the conflict was an All Destructive Fury, unleashed by the pent-up religious hatred following the Reformation, and stoked by international tensions. Once begun, the war seemed to spiral out of control, becoming impossible to stop. Though the concluding Peace of Westphalia has been much discussed as a major milestone towards a modern world order, comparatively little attention has been paid to why the conflict lasted so long. Peter H. Wilson will address this, examining why peace proved so elusive and how this terrible war was eventually brought to an end.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' early morning viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Members' early morning viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Saturday 28 April 2018
09.00-09.50
Room 30

Members can book to visit the exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece before normal opening hours.

Discover how ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a radical new direction for modern art. In 1881 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces. Experience the magnificent sculpture of a modern master, and explore how the ancient world shaped his artistic vision.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.

 


Members' early morning viewing of Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Members' early morning viewing of Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Saturday 13 January 2018
09.00-09.50
Room 30

Members can book to visit The BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia before normal opening hours and discover the story of how these nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note, this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' late viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Members' late viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Monday 30 April 2018
18.00-19.30
Room 30

A Members-only late night viewing of the exhibition  Rodin and the art of ancient Greece.

Discover how ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a radical new direction for modern art. In 1881 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces. Experience the magnificent sculpture of a modern master, and explore how the ancient world shaped his artistic vision.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for late night viewings of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). You are welcome to wait in the Museum until your timeslot. The Members’ Room will not be open for the duration of the evening and will close at 17.30. However, you can wait in the Great Court or visit the Great Court Café.

 


Members’ lecture - When objects talk: a year in the life

Members’ lecture - When objects talk: a year in the life

Monday 22 January 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

There is a long and distinguished history of scientific research at the British Museum. The Department of Scientific Research works alongside Conservation and all Curatorial departments to help preserve the collection, to undertake new scientific investigation and to disseminate findings to other scholars and to the wider public. This presentation reviews the spectacular new research findings, the development of new laboratory facilities in the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre that have taken place in 2017 as well as highlighting the activities of the staff group who have made this happen. Carl demonstrates that scientific research is vital to the future of the Museum and signals some of the new directions, opportunities and challenges that 2018 may bring.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

7-8 April 2018, 18.15- 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover to find out how to be an archaeologist.

Find out about the history of archaeology – from the first excavations to what they do today, and what role they have played in the history of the British Museum. See what we can learn from ancient tombs and crack forgotten languages. Discover the story behind some of the objects in the collection and how they came to be in the Museum.

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world, followed by breakfast in the morning.

 


Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

10-11 March 2018, 18.15- 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover to find out how to be an archaeologist.

Find out about the history of archaeology – from the first excavations to what they do today, and what role they have played in the history of the British Museum. See what we can learn from ancient tombs and crack forgotten languages. Discover the story behind some of the objects in the collection and how they came to be in the Museum.

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world, followed by breakfast in the morning.