Members' Exclusive Lecture Telling stories: building a collection of Middle Eastern art

Members' Exclusive Lecture Telling stories: building a collection of Middle Eastern art

Monday 15 August 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

The British Museum has been collecting works by Middle Eastern artists since the late 1980s, and is the first museum to be active in this area. Assistant Keeper Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle East, will discuss the scope of this growing collection, and the ways that artists reflect upon their histories and literary traditions, or comment on the troubled politics of the region today.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture The Indus civilisation: lost and found

Members' Exclusive Lecture The Indus civilisation: lost and found

Monday 25 July 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

When Alexander the Great invaded the Indus Valley in the 4th century BC, he was wholly unaware that this region of north-west India had once been the centre of a civilisation worthy of comparison with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. In this lecture, author Andrew Robinson introduces the Indus civilisation that flourished for half a millennium from about 2600 to 1900 BC, when it mysteriously declined and vanished. It remained invisible for almost 4,000 years, until its ruins were discovered in the 1920s by British and Indian archaeologists. Today, after almost a century of excavation, it is regarded as the beginning of Indian civilisation and possibly the origin of Hinduism.

 


Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

16 - 17 July 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. With craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
 


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 28 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

28 July line up:

Arthur Smith: The Comedy Club, Arthur Smithís Balham Bash
Professor Richard Wiseman: Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire
Natalie Haynes: Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, The Body Beautiful - Ancient Greeks, Good Looks and Glamour
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40- 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 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 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.

 


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 21 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

21 July line up:

Robin Ince: The Infinite Monkey Cage
Dan Schreiber: QI ĎElfí, co-creator The Museum of Curiosity, No Such Thing as the News
Carrie Quinlan: The News Quiz, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40-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 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 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.

 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Monday 18 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

18 July line up:

Zoe Lyons: Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Live At The Apollo
Paul Sinha: The Now Show, Just a Minute, Loose Ends
Bob Mills: Radio 5 Liveís Fighting Talk, In Bed with Medinner
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40-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 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 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.