Action = life: art, medicine and HIV/AIDS in the USA

Action = life: art, medicine and HIV/AIDS in the USA

Saturday 3 June 2017, 15.00 - 16.15
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Physician and artist Dr Eric Avery, whose work is included in the exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present, argues that desperate diagnoses call for desperate beauty.

In conversation with Professor John Howard, King’s College London, Avery will discuss growing up gay in small-town Texas, treating early HIV/AIDS patients outside metropolitan centres, providing end-of-life psychiatric care, and making emotive politicised art as a desperate measure in Reagan’s America. 


Being a woman artist

Being a woman artist

Friday 10 March 2017, 18.30 - 19.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

The 1970s saw the rise of second-wave feminism, with challenges to the dominant art historical narrative of ‘woman as object’ and ‘man as viewer and artist’.

This panel discussion explores the ways in which female artists from the late 1960s to the present day have demanded space for the female voice and body, creating new forms and dialogues, and changing the traditional structures of the art world.

Chaired by Kirsty Lang, the panel features Exhibition Project Curator Catherine Daunt, British Museum, and Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History, University of Leeds.

Presented as part of HeForShe Arts Week. 


Collecting modern Egypt

Collecting modern Egypt

Friday 5 May 2017, 18.30-20.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£5,Members/concessions £3

The Modern Egypt Project at the British Museum brings the Museum's collection of Egyptian objects into the 21st century.

The project responds to critical debates within museums regarding the inclusion of objects from recent histories in places often represented within museum spaces with ancient or traditional objects.

In this talk, Project Curator Mohamed Elshahed will introduce the project, showcase some of the objects and discuss the project's historical and theoretical significance in the contexts of the British Museum and Egypt's current museum institutions.

The talk will be followed by a general discussion and brief responses by historian Hussein Omar, University of Oxford, and Danah Abdulla, design lecturer at London College of Communication, University of the Arts. 


Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day
Enter through King Edward entrance on Montague Place
Free, booking essential

Due to the significant increase in tour group visitors and to make the visitor experience pleasant for all visitors, it has become necessary for all tour groups to book their visit to the museum at least seven days in advance.

If bookings are not made in advance, groups may be denied immediate entry to the museum.

All tour groups must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.

Please be advised that if you wish to avoid the busiest times for tour group visits, you should not book for the 10:00, 14:00, or 15:00 time slots.

During the booking process please specify the number in your group and also if the majority of your visit will involve any one area of the Museum's collection. If you will be visiting many areas of the Museum but not one specific area in depth please put your group number in the 'General admission' category during the booking process.

If the people in your group are aged under 18, please use this ticket category regardless of area visited. If you are a UK school and are looking to make use of the Ford Centre for Young Visitors or book any of our workshops/galleries please do not book in via this link but visit the 'Learning' section of the website for further booking information

If any of your group have specific access needs please see the 'Visiting' section of the Museum's website for more information on all facilities available. This is also where you will find details of our full Visitor Regulations. 


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 meet at the Information Desk £12 per person

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.

This tour is designed for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a considerable amount of walking.  


LGBTQ objects of desire

LGBTQ objects of desire

Saturday 11 March 2017, 15.30 - 16.30
Information Desk
Free, booking advised

Gender fluidity and same-sex desire have always existed, in all times and in all places. This tour explores a 'great unrecorded history' through British Museum objects. 


Music of the British landscape 1850–1950

Music of the British landscape 1850–1950

Friday 19 May 2017, 18.30 - 19.45
Room 90
Free, booking advised

A special performance by students of the Royal Academy of Music, inspired by the exhibition Places of the mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950


The Crick Crack Club presents 7 Princesses

The Crick Crack Club presents 7 Princesses

Sunday 9 April 2017, 14.30 - 17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

'When night poured out its silken sack of musky black, King Bahrum, overcome by wine and love, asked the Black Princess with eyes like a gazelle, to open up her treasure box and tell him a tale...' So begins the first of seven playful, poetic, and often deeply erotic tales.

Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairytale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and a prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become king. Nizami, one of the best loved Iranian epic poets, wrote The Seven Princesses or Haft Paykar in the 12th century AD, influencing generations of poets and storytellers across the world.

'Vivid, magical and occasionally very bizarre.' Everything Theatre

'A truly great storyteller, you'll leave with something beautiful created in your own mind.’ British Theatre Review

Xanthe Gresham Knight is a storyteller with a distinctive, physical, performance style, who delights in the absurd and preposterous. She started life as a drama teacher in Kentish Town, until storyteller Ben Haggarty was invited into the school to perform, and she was smitten by an artform. Alongside performances in theatres and art centres, she has performed in festivals, schools and libraries across the UK, Ireland, France, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand. Find out more at xanthegresham.co.uk
Arash Moradi was born in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Western Iran, the eldest son of Iran’s leading tanbour player Aliakbar Moradi. Arash started learning tanbour at an early age from his father whom he later accompanied in numerous concert and festivals throughout Iran and Europe. He cooperated with BBC Radio 4 as a guest musician in 2006, and performed as a soloist at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Arash lives in London where he teaches tanbour, runs workshops on Persian and Kurdish music and collaborates with musicians from around the world. 


The Crick Crack Club presents Mr Sandmann: bringer of dreams and nightmares

The Crick Crack Club presents Mr Sandmann: bringer of dreams and nightmares

Sunday 14 May 2017, 14.30-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Join acclaimed performance storyteller Ben Haggarty as he embarks on a twisted homage to Americana and the pop culture of the 50s, 60s and 70s, in search for the truth behind the Chordettes hit Mr Sandman.In a dark and unsettling performance, where Marilyn Monroe is a target in a shooting gallery, and the moon landing is more than a sideshow, the truth behind Warhol’s Silver Dream Factory is gradually revealed.

This arcane mash-up of urban legends, fairytales and the founding myth of Judeo-Christian culture won Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word at the Brighton Festival in 2013.

'It's not all fairy godmothers and happy endings, you know. Haggarty has created an intense and alarming performance... Screw up your courage and go.' Erica Wagner, The Times

‘2 hours of storytelling genius. Often beautiful, sometimes frightening, Sandmann is wonderful and wondrous.' Fringe Review

Suitable for ages 18+

Ben Haggarty is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over 100 international storytelling festivals in 25 countries and was for ten years the official storyteller with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers. He is artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club and Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). Find out more at benhaggarty.com 


The Crick Crack Club presents Solomon & Sheba

The Crick Crack Club presents Solomon & Sheba

Sunday 12 March 2017, 14.30 - 17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Provoking, seductive, and a virgin, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to test his wisdom. Riddles, tricks, lust and foolishness ensue, as they unravel each others' histories. Sheba has a bird's claw and hairy legs and Solomon falls passionately in love with her. As his attempts to seduce her get increasingly desperate, he loses his wisdom and his throne, before the secret of Sheba's virginity is finally revealed.

Sally Pomme Clayton snips and clips stories of this royal duo from Sumerian, Hebrew, Christian and Islamic traditions, tracing Sheba's ancestry back through medieval folklore to Adam's first wife, the Queen of the Night, and forward to nursery tales of Mother Goose. This is a rare gem, by turn sacred, profane, poetic and comedic...

'She delights in subverting her audiences expectations.' The Independent

'She is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder' Londonist

Sally Pomme Clayton is a writer and performance storyteller whose work combines poetic language, startling imagery and playful humour. She has performed across the UK, in 40 Winks Hotel, The Barbican, The Soho Theatre, Northern Stage, The National Theatre, Cheltenham Music Festival, Bristol Old Vic, and 11 Downing Street. She has been a featured artist in many European Storytelling Festivals and toured with The British Council to Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Sweden and Portugal. She has published several books, collaborating regularly with illustrator Sophie Herxheimer. Find out more at sallypommeclayton.com 


The Crick Crack Club presents The Son of the Buffalo Woman

The Crick Crack Club presents The Son of the Buffalo Woman

Sunday 11 June 2017, 14.30-17.15
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Hunters, kings and women of power become entangled in prophecy, mythology, shame, pride and insult in one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa.

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator drummer John Predare bring an epic performance to the British Museum. This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in medieval Africa to the conflicts in our own time when its telling is forbidden. Expect an exhilarating collision of wild song and heroic story.

Powerful and bold, Jan Blake is the Queen of Afro-Caribbean Storytelling. An outstanding storyteller, she performs in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Jan was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986, and rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananse’s exploits are definitive. In 2004 Jan took the American National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee by storm and in 2011 she was awarded the Thüringe Märchen Preis for devoting her life to this art form.

‘One of the world’s greatest storytellers.’ André Naffis-Sahely 


Young Friends’ sleepover: The American dream

Young Friends’ sleepover: The American dream

01-02 April 2017, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present. Discover the amazing history of America from Native American storytelling and the European migration through to African-American influences and the world power we know today. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by gods and kings. Then enjoy breakfast in the Great Court before visiting the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning. Please also note this year we are allowing 5 in a group i.e. 1 Adult 1 Young Friend and up to 3 guests.
Young Friends Only. Tickets £45. Booking required.