Dan Snow’s History Hit Live from the British Museum: curating the Scythians

Dan Snow’s History Hit Live from the British Museum: curating the Scythians

Friday 15 September 2017, 18.30-19.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Historian and TV presenter Dan Snow comes to the Museum for a special recording of History Hit Live, the UK's number one history podcast.

Dan talks to Curator St John Simpson about the importance of the Scythians in our understanding of ancient history and the curatorial challenges involved in representing them in the current exhibition. 


Following the Buddhist path: insights on the nature of mind

Following the Buddhist path: insights on the nature of mind

Friday 22 September 2017, 18.30 - 19.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£5.00, Members/concessions £3.00

Theravada Buddhist nun and teacher Ajahn Sundara and TV presenter and psychotherapist Alistair Appleton reflect on their own experiences of Buddhist practice, philosophy and mindfulness.

TV presenter and writer Alistair Appleton ( Cash in the Attic, Escape to the Country) has been a practising Buddhist for almost two decades. He was trained originally in the Vajrayana traditions of Tibet, before becoming attracted to the simpler, more direct teachings of the Thai Forest lineage.

Ajahn Sundara is a Buddhist nun based Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, situated at the eastern end of the Chiltern Hills in south-east England and a namesake of Amaravati stupa of ancient India. 


Gregory Doran discusses Ovid in Shakespeare

Gregory Doran discusses Ovid in Shakespeare

Friday 29 September 2017, 18.30-19.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £5

A joint venture with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This anticipates the RSC’s winter London Season at the Barbican, ROME MMXVII, comprising four of Shakespeare’s most gripping plays: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus.

Gregory Doran, (Artistic Director, RSC), discusses the role of the Roman poet Ovid in Shakespeare’s work. He is in conversation with Shakespeare historian, Dr Jonathan Bate, (Oxford University) and Dr Ross Thomas, (curator, Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum). They are joined by RSC actors presenting passages from Shakespeare which use Ovid as a source. 


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. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Thursday 10 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Saturday 05 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Wednesday 09 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Monday 07 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Sunday 06 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Members' early morning viewing - Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Friday 11 August 2017
09.00-09.50
Room 35

Members can book to visit Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave and enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists before normal opening hours. Please ensure you have the correct category of Membership for the amount of tickets you select (e.g. if you select two tickets, you must have an Admits 2 Membership). The above timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


The Crick Crack Club presents Beowulf

The Crick Crack Club presents Beowulf

Sunday 5 November 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.

Beowulf is the oldest story in the English language – and it still has the power to raise the hairs on the back of the neck. It tells of a hero’s life, a life that is mapped by three tremendous blood-curdling encounters. Here monsters (and their mothers) are gruesomely defeated and dragons still guard gold.

Charged with adrenaline and poetry, this ancient story, performed by Hugh Lupton, explores the journey we all make from the seeming invincibility of youth, to the heroic vulnerability of old age.

'Ferocious, vigorous, playful' Birmingham Words

'Master storyteller' The Times

Widely acclaimed throughout the UK as the master of poetic storytelling, Hugh Lupton's distinctive style focuses on richly crafted use of the English language. An award-winning performer and writer, he has collaborated widely with singers and musicians and other performers. In 2005, he won the Classical Association prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’ with Daniel Morden. His first novel was published in 2010 and his song ‘One in a Million’ (co-written with Chris Wood) won the BBC2 Folk Awards for ‘Original Song of the Year’ 2005. 


The Crick Crack Club presents The Curled Tongue

The Crick Crack Club presents The Curled Tongue

Sunday 8 October 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.

'Out with you upon the wild waves, Children of the King! Henceforth your cries shall be with the birds.'

In ancient Ireland, words held true power to alter reality and determine the future.

Clare Murphy walks the old paths of this beautiful and ever-shifting landscape to bring us a contemporary performance of Irish myths that is tautly laced with wit and verve.

Enter the realm of feral curses, lost children, epic transformations, prophecy, fate and betrayal.

Clare Muireann Murphy was born in Dublin, and has lived in Spain, America, Galway and London, and currently resides in Bristol. A dynamic and witty performer, she has performed in festivals and theatres across the world, and her repertoire extends from her beloved Irish mythology to world folklore, anecdotes, fables, personal and original stories.

'A sheer delight! For those thirsty for a different type of show this is a must see!' Everything Theatre 


The Crick Crack Club presents the Iliad

The Crick Crack Club presents the Iliad

Sunday 10 September 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.

The story of the siege and fall of Troy is as contemporary now as it has ever been. It is a blueprint for every war that has ever been fought – an extraordinary account of the savagery and mad ecstasy of the battlefield, filled with dark humour.

This performance by acclaimed storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden includes many famous episodes half-familiar to us all – the wrangle over the Apple of Discord, the abduction of Helen, the launching of a thousand ships, the wrath of Achilles, the death of Hector...

And presiding over it all is a cast of immortal gods and goddesses who - with their petty bickerings - are more than ready to wreak havoc among mortals.

‘Master storytellers’ The Guardian

Hugh Lupton is widely acclaimed throughout the UK as the master of poetic storytelling. His distinctive style focuses on richly crafted use of the English language. In 2005, he won the Classical Association prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’ with Daniel Morden. Find out more at hughlupton.com

Daniel Morden is one of the leading exponents in the art of storytelling in the UK and leader of the acclaimed Devil's Violin Company. For 23 years he has delighted audiences all over the world at storytelling festivals. He is a regular at the major literature festivals at Hay, Bath and Cheltenham. In London he has performed at venues from the Barbican and National Theatre to the British Museum. He has also worked on TV and radio and published books for both children and adults. 


The Crick Crack Club presents the Ramayana

The Crick Crack Club presents the Ramayana

Sunday 10 December 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.

Deep in the forest, Rama and Sita live in exile, eyes watch their every move, and the universe shimmers with illusion. When Sita is kidnapped by the ten-headed demon king, Rama needs all the help he can get. Who better to have on your side than a shape-shifting monkey?

But there’s only one thing worse than a bloodthirsty demon, and that’s his big brother. As Rama lies helpless on the battlefield, it’s time for Sita’s little-known story to unfold...

Storyteller Emily Hennessey and virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee conjure up a vivid, wild and beguiling world in this retelling of the much-loved Indian epic.

Emily Hennessey has worked and travelled extensively in India, which kindled in her a great love of Hindu mythology. She has travelled over 10,000 miles across India, has lived and worked with a yak-herding family on the Tibetan plateau, studied Kathakali dance-drama in Kerala and spent several months at the Kattaikkuttu School in Tamil Nadu, learning from the children who perform stories from the Mahabharata through music, dance and song. While studying Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Kent, she met storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu, completed a storytelling apprenticeship with her, and later trained with Ben Haggarty. She's also trained with Indian Pandvani performer Ritu Verma. Emily has toured in India with the British Council and performed at the Delhi Storytelling Festival. Emily is a key member of the Pandvani108 ensemble. Sheema Mukherjee absorbed North Indian classical music and the western tradition side by side, studying sitar and Indian classical music under the tutelage of her uncle, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and then with Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Brought up between Britain and India, she has a rich background to draw on in her own compositions and collaborations. Today she is an established sitar player and composer, a regular in Transglobal Underground playing sitar and electric bass, a key member in The Imagined Village project, and a collaborator with internationally renowned artists from many genres. Sheema has collaborated with Courtney Pine, Sir John Tavener, Martin Carthy, Bobby McFerrin, Boris Grebenshikov, Natacha Atlas, Noel Gallagher and Cornershop, Mercan Dede, and Bulgarian folk singer Yanka Rupkina. She has toured the world widely and key performances include The World Music Festival (Chicago), Montreux Jazz Festival, supporting Jimmy Page and Robert Plant (1998), and the Olympics Arts Festival for Sydney 2000. She also makes regular appearances at WOMAD (UK). 


Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

21-22 October 2017, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00
Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover on the theme of medicine through time. Through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling sessions, Young Friends and their guests will learn how medicine has changed through history as a result of science, war, and belief systems across different cultures. Explore the British Museum at night and discover how the practice of medicine has changed through history.

Do the roaring lion pose or curl like a cat to find out how yoga first began – and how it has influenced the way we exercise today. Make a body part (ew!) and offer it at the altar of the god Asclepius in the ancient Greek galleries. Listen to stories of horrible healing from the Middle Ages, and diagnose our Renaissance victim's disgusting disease!

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world. In the morning there will be breakfast and a chance to visit the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia. 


Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

Young Friends Sleepover: medicine though time

23-24 September 2017, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover on the theme of medicine through time. Through craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling sessions, Young Friends and their guests will learn how medicine has changed through history as a result of science, war, and belief systems across different cultures. Explore the British Museum at night and discover how the practice of medicine has changed through history.

Do the roaring lion pose or curl like a cat to find out how yoga first began – and how it has influenced the way we exercise today. Make a body part (ew!) and offer it at the altar of the god Asclepius in the ancient Greek galleries. Listen to stories of horrible healing from the Middle Ages, and diagnose our Renaissance victim's disgusting disease!

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world. In the morning there will be breakfast and a chance to visit the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia.