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. 


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.
 


Members' lecture The Waddesdon Bequest: a new look

Members' lecture The Waddesdon Bequest: a new look

Monday 6 July 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

On his death in 1898, Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild MP bequeathed a collection of Renaissance treasures to the British Museum, now known as the Waddesdon Bequest. Dora Thornton, Curator of the Waddesdon Bequest, British Museum, will be joined by Pippa Shirley, Head of Collections at Waddesdon Manor (Ferdinand de Rothschild's home), to celebrate the opening of the new permanent gallery housing this collection, supported by the Rothschild Foundation. Dora will be signing copies of her book A Rothschild Renaissance: Treasures from the Waddesdon Bequest, after the lecture.
 


Nicky Nodjoumi: Tehran to New York

Nicky Nodjoumi: Tehran to New York

Sunday 31 May 2015, 14.00-17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Iranian artist Nicky Nodjoumi is represented in the British Museum's collection through several works including the recently acquired The Accident. Nodjoumi will talk about this magnificent work in the context of his artistic practice, taking us on a biographical journey. This will be followed by a conversation between the artist and Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York. In collaboration with Magic of Persia. 


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. 


Panathenaia Patrons tickets

Panathenaia Patrons tickets

Thursday 4 June 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Patrons £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.

Please note you will need to show your Patrons card at the entrance when attending on the day. 


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.