Ancient lives, new discoveries Times+Breakfast view

Ancient lives, new discoveries Times+Breakfast view

Saturday 28 February 2015, 8.45
Great Court Restaurant
£25

Everybody has hidden secretsÖ

Come face to face with eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming. Using the latest CT-scanning technology, this ground breaking exhibition unlocks hidden secrets to build up a picture of their lives in the Nile Valley over a remarkable 4,000 years. From a priestís daughter to a temple singer, a middle-aged man to a young child, a temple doorkeeper to a woman with a Christian tattoo, find out how they lived and what happened to them after they died. Using interactive digital screens, discover new information about each mummy, from their state of health to how they were embalmed and preserved. Unravel the mysteries of mummification and gain a unique insight into these peopleís lives.

Exhibition sponsored by Julius Baer
Technology partner Samsung

Times+ members are invited to join us at the British Museum on Saturday, February 28, to enjoy breakfast in the Great Court Restaurant at the British Museum, an introduction from the Exhibition Curator, followed by an early morning viewing of the exhibition.

8.45 Arrive at British Museum for breakfast in Great Court Restaurant
9.15 Introductory talk from Curator
9.45 Enter exhibition before it opens to the public
Tickets cost £25 each. 


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 Museumís 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 Museumís 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, Kingís 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' Exclusive Lecture - Spotlight On.......

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Spotlight On.......

Monday 9 March 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

In this exclusive, behind-the-scenes, illustrated lecture, the Photography and Imaging team will share stories and images of their work, which includes photographing objects for the Collection, but also travelling across the globe to capture images of the environments and settings where objects originate from to illustrate special exhibitions.

 


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.
 


Portraits and propaganda from Augustus to the modern world

Portraits and propaganda from Augustus to the modern world

Saturday 7 February 2015,14.00-15.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free booking essential

Taking as its starting point the story of the MeroŽ head of Augustus, a symbol of Roman power captured by the people of ancient MeroŽ (in modern Sudan) and buried below the steps of a temple, this discussion examines the role of portraiture in supporting and subverting political power from the classical period to the contemporary world. Thorsten Opper, curator of the current Room 3 display, will be in conversation with Colin Moore, author of Propaganda prints:art in the service of social and political change.Chaired by Professor Tim Luckhurst, University of Kent. 


Times Plus Breakfast View of Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

Times Plus Breakfast View of Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art

Saturday 28 March 2015, 9.00 - 11.30
Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery and Great Court Restaurant
£31.50pp

Experience the brilliance and diversity of ancient Greek art in this major exhibition focusing on the human body. For centuries the ancient Greeks experimented with ways of representing the human body, both as an object of beauty and a bearer of meaning.

The remarkable works of art in the exhibition range from the abstract simplicity of prehistoric figurines to the breathtaking realism in the age of Alexander the Great. These works continued to inspire artists for hundreds of years, giving form to thought and shaping our own perceptions of ourselves.

Times+ members will enjoy an exclusive, private early morning viewing of the exhibition, followed by breakfast in the Great Court Restaurant at the British Museum with an introduction from a curator.  


Young Friends' sleepover

Young Friends' sleepover

21 - 22 February 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£35.00

Young Friends can come to this special sleepover themed around the film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which was filmed on location at the British Museum. Turn yourself into a Neanderthal, transform into an explorer and seek out objects from the film, then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries. The following morning, visit the special exhibition Ancient lives, new discoveries and see whether you can bring the mummies to life!  


Young Friends' sleepover

Young Friends' sleepover

21 - 22 March 2015, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£35.00

Young Friends can come to this special sleepover themed around the film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, which was filmed on location at the British Museum. Turn yourself into a Neanderthal, transform into an explorer and seek out objects from the film, then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries. The following morning, visit the special exhibition Ancient lives, new discoveries and see whether you can bring the mummies to life!