Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.30 and 14.00
Tours commence at the Information Desk
£12 per person, children under 12 with an accompanying adult free

Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute guided tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection.

The tour is for adults, but children under 12 are free (when accompanied by an adult). The tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a lot of walking. 


Making the classical body: the art of Greek and Roman stone carving

Making the classical body: the art of Greek and Roman stone carving

Saturday 16 May 2015, 14.00-16.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Discover the various processes involved in the production of ancient stone sculpture with Will Wootton, King’s College London. From quarry to finished statue, this event will discuss the qualities of stone and its selection, how projects were planned and the tools used to carve, smooth, polish and paint. Reproduction techniques within ancient art and the relationship between makers and clients will also be explored. Each stage in the sequence of production will be demonstrated through illustrations and videos, some coming from the recent Art of Making project.
artofmaking.ac.uk 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - Indigenous Australia: the inside story

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Indigenous Australia: the inside story

Monday 13 April 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Gaye Sculthorpe, exhibition curator ofIndigenous Australia: enduring civilisation, presents an exclusive introduction to the exhibition before it opens to the public. She will speak about the complex process of developing the exhibition, including the cultural protocols involved and the complexities of consultation with Indigenous Australian communities.
 


Members' lecture Changing displays in the members' Room: analysing the past

Members' lecture Changing displays in the members' Room: analysing the past

Monday 11 May 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Henry Flynn, Curator of the changing displays programme in the Members' Room, will introduce the upcoming series of displays, focusing on the current theme of Science. In 2007, the Friends helped to purchase two scanning electron microscopes for the Museum's department of Conservation and Scientific Research (CSR). Since then, the instruments have been used to study numerous objects in the Museum's collections, revealing new and unseen information. Henry will be joined by Philip Fletcher from the CSR department, who will expand upon the display, presenting fascinating images produced by the machines and revealing their meaning.
 


Members' lecture Symbols of Power: Ten Coins that Changed the World

Members' lecture Symbols of Power: Ten Coins that Changed the World

Monday 1 June 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

To celebrate the publication of his new book Symbols of Power: Ten Coins that Changed the World Tom Hockenhull, Curator of Modern Money, will look at the stories behind ten coins and their impact on history. From florin to franc, denarius to dollar, this talk will explore what crucial role these well-known symbols have played in shaping the world today. Tom will be signing copies of his book after the lecture.
 


Panathenaia

Panathenaia

Thursday 4 June 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, Members/concessions £12

Join Curator Ian Jenkins, British Museum, for the lecture The Parthenon Frieze: a symphony in stone, followed by the cantata Panathenaia performed in front of the Parthenon Frieze that inspired it. Panathenaia is a collaboration between award winning composer Thomas Hewitt Jones and writer Paul Williamson set for orchestra, musicians and vocalists, including the award-winning VOCES8 ensemble. Includes entry to the lecture (18.30–19.30) and a seat in Room 18 for the performance (19.45–20.45). Supported by Molly Lowell and David Borthwick. 


The art of country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art today

The art of country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art today

Friday 1 May 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Australian Aboriginal art has a deep past and an abiding presence in the world today. The art of the Torres Strait bridges continents, linking Australia with Melanesia and the Pacific. From the 20th century onward, the story of Indigenous Australian art is one of growing recognition and innovation coupled with ongoing association with the country to which it relates. This innovation is sometimes misread as having diminished cultural meaning and driven by commercial considerations, or alternatively as ‘worthy but uninspiring’. This panel discussion will ask what the considerations, forms and functions of this art are now. Chaired by Lissant Bolton, Keeper of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, British Museum, the panel includes Wiradjuri/ Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones, Waanyi artist Judy Watson, and anthropologists Howard Morphy and John Carty from the Australian National University. In association with the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London. 


The cult of the Bacchae: live performance, music and play

The cult of the Bacchae: live performance, music and play

Thursday 23 July 2015, 18.15
British Museum
£19.00 Members, £25 non-Member guests

For one night only, dismiss rationality and enjoy an evening of celebration, including a performance of Euripides' Bacchae, presented by the UCL Classical Drama Society, bespoke life drawing in the galleries, creative workshops, interventions and live music.

 


Young Friends' sleepover

Young Friends' sleepover

20 - 21 June 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation. With traditional craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. You can spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the special exhibition before it opens to the general public the following morning.  


Young Friends' sleepover

Young Friends' sleepover

23 - 24 May 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the BP exhibition Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation. With traditional craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. You can spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the special exhibition before it opens to the general public the following morning.