Members' Exclusive Lecture - John Julius Norwich: Four princes that ruled the civilised world

Members' Exclusive Lecture - John Julius Norwich: Four princes that ruled the civilised world

Monday 13 February 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink
John Julius Norwich's latest book discusses Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. All were born within ten years of each other – in the final decade of the 15th century – and for the next 50 years or so the four of them held the civilised world in their hands. John Julius looks at each in turn, and discusses how they interacted with each other – not always in the ways one might have expected. Includes a complimentary drink.
 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The American Dream; pop to the present

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The American Dream; pop to the present

Monday 27 February 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink
The American Dream: pop to the present will be the first major exploration of American printmaking from the 1960s to the present to be staged in the UK.
The exhibition features work by some of the greatest artists of the period, including Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol, which demonstrate the vital, creative importance and expansion of printmaking over six decades. In this exclusive lecture Exhibition Curator Stephen Coppel, British Museum, will explore the changing face of American art with varied movements such as pop, minimalism and photorealism, as well the different ways that prints have addressed issues of race, gender and power. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Americas in a new age of discovery

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Americas in a new age of discovery

Monday 23 January 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Jago Cooper, Head of the Americas at the British Museum, reveals some of his latest discoveries made during fieldwork on Isla de Mona in the Caribbean.

Exploring a series of cave systems on this currently uninhabited island, Jago has revealed exciting evidence of previous human occupation and new insights into the first encounters between Europeans and the indigenous Taino population.

In this lecture, Jago will reflect upon the role that ‘discovery’ has played in the history of the Museum, and what role it should look to play in its future. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The world beneath our feet

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The world beneath our feet

Monday 16 January 2017
18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Learn about research at the British Museum through a closer look at three archaeological projects.

Curator Nick Ashton will talk about the excavations at Happisburgh in Norfolk that have revealed the oldest evidence for humans in northern Europe.

Curator Julie Anderson will take you to Sudan and the late Kushite site of Dangeil where excavations have revealed a previously unknown temple of the first century AD.

Finally, Conservator Pippa Pearce will illuminate the little-known world of micro-excavations of treasure hoards. Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z list dead list

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z list dead list

Thursday 09 February 2017, 19:30-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

After the side splitting success of the summer events we welcome back Iszi Lawrence and her unusual take on celebrating the past.

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so- famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history. Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, it’s a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (That’s dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell won’t be there. And there probably won’t be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, it’s nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).
£19 for Members and their guests. Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

Important information Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including a 30 -minute interval. Ticket holders may arrive from 18.45 through the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Ticket holders who are in the Museum at closing time (17.30) must leave and re-enter at 19.00. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 19.00 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first- served basis. The show begins at 19.30 and latecomers will not be permitted entry. A bar will be available in the Clore Centre for Education Foyer before the event and during the interval serving drinks and a selection of light snacks. Please note that only bottled water is permitted in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you wish to make any access arrangements, please contact the Membership Office before booking on friends@britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8195. In the unlikely event performers change due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no refunds. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-refundable.