Members Exclusive Lecture - All things made new: 500 years since the reformation

Members Exclusive Lecture - All things made new: 500 years since the reformation

Monday 30 October 2017
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

31 October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day, when Martin Luther was said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, thus sparking the Reformation.

On the eve of this important date, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, considers the significance of an event which from its first spark in northern Germany half a millennium ago altered the course of world history, and whose effects are still being felt. He explores why the Reformation proved so destructive yet so creative, what Reformers from Martin Luther onwards wanted, what they in fact got, and what Reformation in Christianity might mean today.

Diarmaid MacCulloch is also writer and presenter of the BBC's major documentary A History of Christianity and author of Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490– 1700 and All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members Exclusive Lecture - Believing and belonging

Members Exclusive Lecture - Believing and belonging

Monday 23 October 2017
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

An introductory talk by Jill Cook, curator of the exhibition that builds upon the BBC Radio 4 series Living with the gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond presented by former British Museum Director Neil MacGregor.

As human beings we think, we make things to ensure our survival and we symbolise our feelings, often reaching out to worlds beyond our material existence. A walk around the Museum shows that all societies hold beliefs that bond them together and form their identities.

This talk and the exhibition focus on the practice of these beliefs, their social significance and asks whether our species might better be called Homo religiosus rather than Homo sapiens.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members Exclusive Lecture - New discoveries about the Royal Game of Ur

Members Exclusive Lecture - New discoveries about the Royal Game of Ur

Monday 25 September 2017
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

Since 1979 Curator Irving Finkel has been studying the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in ancient Mesopotamia.

From childhood he was obsessed with the most famous board game of ancient Mesopotamia, the Royal Game of Ur, the rules of which he came to decipher many years later on a cuneiform tablet in the collection from the 2nd century BC.

A big new British Museum book about it is well underway. In his inimitable style, Irving will present some of the new discoveries he has made about the board game that are simply too exciting to remain hidden. He promises to divulge two or three of the choicest discoveries, with the help of illustrations, jokes and outbreaks of deep gravity.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members Exclusive Lecture - The role of the encyclopaedic museum in the 21st century

Members Exclusive Lecture - The role of the encyclopaedic museum in the 21st century

Monday 11 September 2017
18.00 – 19.30
BP Lecture Theatre
In this exclusive event for Members, the directors of two of the world’s largest museums – Hartwig Fischer of the British Museum and Dr Mikhail Piotrovsky of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – will discuss the role of the encyclopaedic museum in the 21st century. The discussion will be chaired by Fiammetta Rocco, Editor of Books and Arts at The Economist. Both directors will discuss the future of museums and their individual roles, as well as how cultural leaders can collaborate.

Dr Piotrovsky has been Director of the State Hermitage Museum since 1992. He has undertaken archaeological excavations in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Yemen, and has authored more than 250 works on topics including Arabic manuscripts, medieval monuments and ancient inscriptions, Islamic political history, Arab culture, and the archaeology of Arabia.

Hartwig Fischer has been Director of the British Museum since April 2016, the first non-British head of the Museum since 1866. From 2012 to 2016, he was Director of the Dresden State Art Collections where he was responsible for fourteen museums and four separate institutions in three cities.

Fiammetta Rocco was appointed Editor of Books and Arts at The Economist in 2003, and supervises all The Economist’s book reviews and culture coverage. She has written two Economist special reports, one on the art market and the other on the future of museums. She has also served on the panels for several book prizes, both for fiction and non-fiction, and is the administrator of The Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. 


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 7 September 2017, 19.30–22.00
BP Lecture Theatre

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 and battle it out to win the audience's approval for their unsung historical hero.

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, the 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.

What Members said about previous Stiff competition evenings:
'I laughed plenty.'
'I laughed out loud!'
'So much fun.'
'Iszi was an excellent compere.'
'More of this style of event please!'
'Really enjoyed this evening. My wife who was sceptical came away very enthusiastic and we would definitely come again.'
'It was well organised and great fun.'

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests.

 


Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

23-24 September 2017, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover on the theme of medicine through time. Through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling sessions, Young Friends and their guests will learn how medicine has changed through history as a result of science, war, and belief systems across different cultures. Explore the British Museum at night and discover how the practice of medicine has changed through history.

Do the roaring lion pose or curl like a cat to find out how yoga first began – and how it has influenced the way we exercise today. Make a body part (ew!) and offer it at the altar of the god Asclepius in the ancient Greek galleries. Listen to stories of horrible healing from the Middle Ages, and diagnose our Renaissance victim's disgusting disease!

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. In the morning there will be breakfast and a chance to visit the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia. 


Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

21-22 October 2017, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00
Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover on the theme of medicine through time. Through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling sessions, Young Friends and their guests will learn how medicine has changed through history as a result of science, war, and belief systems across different cultures. Explore the British Museum at night and discover how the practice of medicine has changed through history.

Do the roaring lion pose or curl like a cat to find out how yoga first began – and how it has influenced the way we exercise today. Make a body part (ew!) and offer it at the altar of the god Asclepius in the ancient Greek galleries. Listen to stories of horrible healing from the Middle Ages, and diagnose our Renaissance victim's disgusting disease!

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. In the morning there will be breakfast and a chance to visit the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.