Drawing manga: practice and context

Drawing manga: practice and context

Saturday 10 October 2015, 14.00-15.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa’s live demonstration will show you how to draw your own manga! Using a visualiser to project his drawings onto a big screen, Hugo will explain his process and discuss manga illustration in a wider context with manga historian and curator Paul Gravett. 


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. 


In search of the Celts: beyond art, languages and genetics

In search of the Celts: beyond art, languages and genetics

Friday 16 October 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

In 1707, the first modern recognition of 'Celticity' was made in Edward Lhuyd’s Archæologia Britannica, with Celts being assigned as 'speakers of the Celtic family of languages'. Since then, however, the notion of Celticity has been applied to numerous fields including art, culture, archaeology and even genetics, with recent scientific studies carried out in search of 'the Celtic gene'. This interdisciplinary panel discussion will examine such endeavours and shine a light on the conflicting perspectives they often present. Chaired by Sir Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford, and featuring Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Cardiff University, Martin Richards, University of Huddersfield, Simon James, University of Leicester, and John Koch, University of Wales. 


Interpreting Celtic art: Alice Roberts in conversation

Interpreting Celtic art: Alice Roberts in conversation

Friday 22 January 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Alice Roberts, writer and co-presenter of the BBC series Celts, and Exhibition Curator Julia Farley discuss the considerations of presenting and interpreting the Celtic artistic legacy – both ancient and modern – on television and in museums. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture: Drawing in silver and gold

Members' Exclusive Lecture: Drawing in silver and gold

Monday 7 September 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Curator An Van Camp, British Museum, gives an exclusive introduction to the special exhibition Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns before it opens to the public. The exhibition will feature remarkable works from the British Museum's collection alongside major loans from international museums and private collections. An will speak about the metalpoint technique, focusing on its use in Northern Europe, as well as looking at the scientific work done in preparation for this exhibition.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture: Egypt: faith after the pharaohs

Members' Exclusive Lecture: Egypt: faith after the pharaohs

Monday 14 September, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Curator Elisabeth R. O’Connell, British Museum, presents an exclusive introduction to the new exhibition on Abrahamic faiths (Jews, Christians, Muslims) in Egypt for Members before it opens to the public. She will explore the development and, in time, coexistence of the three major monotheistic faiths in Egypt from the Roman to Fatimid periods, revealing political, social, religious and artistic interrelationships and illuminating their connections both to the more ancient past and Egypt today.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture: Writers and artists under English skies

Members' Exclusive Lecture: Writers and artists under English skies

Monday 19 October 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

Journey through a thousand years of weather with award-winning writer and cultural historian Alexandra Harris. Introducing her new book Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, Alexandra will survey the responses of writers and artists from across the centuries to the wind, rain, sun and snow. From the wintry world of the Anglo-Saxons, to the Middle ages in Spring, this lecture celebrates the English skies and those who have lived under them.

 


Metalpoint drawing in the 21st century: a practitioner's perspective

Metalpoint drawing in the 21st century: a practitioner's perspective

Friday 6 November 2015, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the technique of metalpoint drawing. Her work is in the Museum’s permanent collection and in the exhibition Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns. In this talk she will articulate her own artistic journey working in metalpoint and provide a live demonstration of the technique. 


Metalpoint drawings: investigating materials and techniques

Metalpoint drawings: investigating materials and techniques

Monday 2 November 2015, 12.00
Room 90
Free, booking required

Judith Rayner and Joanna Russell from the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, will discuss the materials and techniques of Renaissance metalpoint drawing. They explain how they use a range of visual and scientific examination methods to reveal new information, helping us to understand how these drawings were made. 


Open House: the British Museum underground

Open House: the British Museum underground

Saturday 19 September 2015, 11.00 & 12.30
Information Desk
Free, booking required

Join Chris Power, Head of Audio Visual at the British Museum, for an exploration of the British Museum’s basement corridors, old and new. Focusing on the area underneath the Great Court, Chris will highlight the inner workings of the Museum, and talk about the birth of the Clore Centre for Education and associated spaces, part of the visionary architectural development designed by Foster and Partners. These tours mark the 15-year anniversary of the opening of the Great Court and the related education facilities. Tours last 45 minutes.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Great Court 15 minutes before the tour.Photo ID required


Opera, clocks and the collection

Opera, clocks and the collection

Saturday 19 September 2015, 14.00-15.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Join Brolly Productions for a unique event exploring how the performing arts can creatively engage with museum archives and collections. Inspired and informed by the Museum’s clocks and watches collection, the event marks the completion of Brolly’s new opera work, Clocks 1888 - the greener, which embarks on a national tour in 2016. Featuring a live performance from the opera as well as a short film, the event will examine ways in which both performance and archive can collaborate to attract new and diverse audiences. Speakers include Kate Herbert, Senior Producer at the Royal Opera House; Susie McKenna, Creative Director at the Hackney Empire; Paul Buck, Curator of the Horological Collection at the British Museum, as well as Dr Dominic Hingorani & Rachana Jadhav, Artistic Directors of Brolly Productions.  


Perfect timing: inside clocks and watches

Perfect timing: inside clocks and watches

Tuesday 22 September 2015, 13.30 & 15.00
Information Desk
Free, booking essential

Paul Buck and Oliver Cooke, British Museum, introduce the inner mechanisms and design of clocks and watches from the 16th to the early 18th centuries using examples in the British Museum's collection, offering the opportunity to see the inner workings of historic pieces and discover how the art of timekeeping developed.

Meet at the Information Desk in the Great Court 15 minutes before the tour.Photo ID required


Screening - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Screening - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

17 August 2015, 14.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£4.50, children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult

In an exclusive screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Join Larry (Ben Stiller), as he heads to London on an epic quest to save his friends! His only hope is to recover the magical tablet of Akhmenrah, and his solution lies in the Egyptian Galleries of the British Museum.  


Screening - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Screening - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

10 August 2015, 14.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£4.50, children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult

In an exclusive screening of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb join Larry (Ben Stiller), as he heads to London on an epic quest to save his friends! His only hope is to recover the magical tablet of Akhmenrah, and his solution lies in the Egyptian Galleries of the British Museum.  


The Waddesdon Bequest and Waddesdon Manor: a legacy of collecting

The Waddesdon Bequest and Waddesdon Manor: a legacy of collecting

Friday 25 September 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Waddesdon Manor represents a landmark in the history of artistic connoisseurship and collecting. Built in the style of a French Renaissance château between 1874 and 1889 for the Baron Ferdinand Rothschild (1839–1898), the Manor’s New Smoking Room was the original display place of nearly 300 exceptionally important and beautiful medieval and Renaissance pieces, now beautifully housed at the British Museum's state-of-the-art gallery for the Waddesdon Bequest (Room 2a). Chaired and introduced by Curator Dora Thornton, British Museum, this discussion will trace the history of both the Manor and the Bequest, articulating the forces, figures and factors that shaped its formation. Featuring Pippa Shirley from Waddesdon Manor, Michael Hall, author of Waddesdon Manor: The Biography of a Rothschild House, and leading authority on metalwork, silver and jewellery Charles Truman. 


The art of play: a treasure hunt Challenge

The art of play: a treasure hunt Challenge

Friday 11 September 2015, 18.15
Clore Education Centre
£5, Members/concessions £5

Take part in a treasure hunt hosted by Daisy de Plume from THATMuse. Players will be assigned to teams and tasked with deciphering clues and tracking down board games from around the world. Take team photographs in front of your finds before relaxing with a drink while the scores are tallied. This is a great way to explore the Museum, meet new people and hone your competitive streak!  


Young Friends' Sleepover

Young Friends' Sleepover

26 - 27 September 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come along to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Celts: art and identity.

With traditional 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.  


Young Friends' Sleepover

Young Friends' Sleepover

24 - 25 October 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come along to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Celts: art and identity.

With traditional 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.