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 secrets…

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 priest’s 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 people’s 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. 


Germany's sense of itself and the world's sense of Germany

Germany's sense of itself and the world's sense of Germany

Friday 23 January 2015, 19.00-20.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£10, Members/concessions £8

Over the past 20 years Germany has made its presence felt on the world stage, with decisive interventions in the Euro crisis and its new willingness to deploy its army abroad. This panel discussion will examine how Germany’s sense of itself and the world’s sense of Germany are changing. Panellists include Neal Ascherson, who was the Observer’s Central Europe correspondent from 1963 to 1969, and Christopher Clark, historian and author of The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914. Chaired by the London Review of Books’ publisher, Nicholas Spice.

Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


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. 


Inside clocks and watches

Inside clocks and watches

Tuesday 20 January 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 Museum’s collection.

Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission.  


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Real Ark before Noah

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Real Ark before Noah

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

In this exclusive illustrated lecture for Members, British Museum Curator Irving Finkel will take another look at the extraordinary cuneiform tablet that has so affected our understanding of the Ark and the Flood story, and consider what its various forms of publication and publicity have led to.

Dr Finkel will be signing copies of his book The Ark before Noah after the lecture 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The body in Ancient Greece

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The body in Ancient Greece

Monday 2 February 2015, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15.00, includes complimentary drink

In this exclusive illustrated lecture for Members, British Museum Curator Ian Jenkins, Greece and Rome, will talk about the representation of the human body in Greek art and thought, ahead of the forthcoming exhibition in Room 30, opening in March 2015. 


Poetry in music: German Enlightenment and Romanticism

Poetry in music: German Enlightenment and Romanticism

Saturday 17 January 2015, 14.30-15.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Goethe and Schiller wrote the words that helped shape the German Enlightenment. Schubert and Beethoven composed music that responded to this, transforming the relationship between words and music forever. Richard Stokes, Royal Academy of Music and author of The Book of Lieder, and pianist Sholto Kynoch, examine these works and the relationship between these four towering figures, which encapsulated friendship, rivalry, admiration and disdain.

Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


Poetry in music: Heinrich Heine and German identity

Poetry in music: Heinrich Heine and German identity

Saturday 24 January 2015, 14.30-15.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

‘Where words leave off, music begins’ wrote poet Heinrich Heine. His poems inspired some of the greatest songs by Schubert, Schumann and many others. Writer, musicologist and broadcaster Gavin Plumley uses settings of Heine by various composers as a starting point for a discussion of German identity, political upheaval and artistic freedom, illustrated by music performed by singers accompanied by pianist Sholto Kynoch.

Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


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 Meroë head of Augustus, a symbol of Roman power captured by the people of ancient Meroë (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. 


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!  


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!