Tuesday 18 November 2014, doors open 18.30 for debate starting at 19.00 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
A look at the unique identity of Bloomsbury and in particular the creation of the Knowledge Quarter – the coming together of the many different organisations in the area to produce ideas and knowledge.
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.
Saturday 22 November 2014, 9.00 - 11.00 Court Restaurant and Room 35 Tickets cost £30 each
This exhibition will examine elements of German history from the past 600 years in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. From the Renaissance to reunification and beyond, the show will use objects to investigate the complexities of addressing a German history which is full of both triumphs and tragedies.
Navigate through Germany’s many political changes – from the Holy Roman Empire through unification in the 1870s and the troubled 20th century to today’s economic powerhouse at the centre of Europe.
Explore art by the likes of Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Caspar David Friedrich and Gerhard Richter, and marvel at technological achievements through the ages which gave the world Gutenberg’s printing press, outstanding Meissen porcelain, the Bauhaus movement and even the modern design icon the VW Beetle.
Germany: memories of a nation is in association with a major BBC Radio 4 series presented by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, and the accompanying publication ‘Germany: Memories of a Nation’ by Neil MacGregor will be published in hardback by Allen Lane on 6th November.
Times + members are invited to join us at the British Museum on Saturday, November 22, to enjoy breakfast in the Court Restaurant at the British Museum, an introduction to the exhibition by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor, followed by an early morning viewing of the exhibition.
Germany: memories of a nation is sponsored by Betsy and Jack Ryan.
Friday 5 December 2014, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
The Ming period saw the creation of institutions and political centres that would help define Chinese governance and culture for generations. As we embark on a period in which China’s economy and trade will lead global markets, this panel discussion examines the country’s global role today, and how other nations might develop in relation to China. The discussion will be chaired by Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, University of Oxford.
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.
Tuesday 11 November 2014, 14.30-15.30 and 16.00-17.00 Room 90 Free, booking essential
(Robert) Laurence Binyon (1869–1943) was a distinguished war poet and a curator at the British Museum, interested in European, Chinese and Japanese prints and drawings. He is best known for his poem from For the Fallen and the lines recited at occasions of remembrance: They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
This special event, behind the scenes in the Print Room where Binyon once worked, shows catalogues, prints and drawings associated with his curatorial work.
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.
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.
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.
This colloquium over two days, in honour of Charles Sebag-Montefiore, will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first Ionian expedition to the west coast of Turkey, commissioned by the Society of Dilettanti.
On the Friday evening, enjoy lectures by Philip Mansel and Cyprian Broodbank, followed by a reception and a musical performance by PAKAW! There will be a further day of talks on Saturday, with lunch provided.
Saturday 6 December 2014, 9.30 - 17.00 Stevenson Lecture Theatre £40, Members/concessions £30, includes lunch and refreshments
This colloquium over two days, in honour of Charles Sebag-Montefiore, will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first Ionian expedition to the west coast of Turkey, commissioned by the Society of Dilettanti. On the Friday evening, enjoy lectures by Philip Mansel and Cyprian Broodbank, followed by a reception and a musical performance by PAKAW! There will be a further day of talks on Saturday, with lunch provided. Friday only £10 Saturday only £40, concessions £30
Friday 14 November 2014, 19.00-20.00 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential
Fuchsia Dunlop, award-winning cook and food writer specialising in Chinese cuisine, explores regional dishes that have roots in the Ming period, tracing tastes and techniques from early 15th-century Chinese recipes. Fuchsia is the author of four books, including Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China and Every Grain of Rice: Simple Chinese Home Cooking. Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, Observer Food Monthly and the New Yorker, and she consults for Barshu restaurant in London.
Friday 21 November 2014, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
It can be argued that the early Ming period was China’s ‘Renaissance’. This discussion, chaired by Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections at the British Museum, will examine the early 15th century from eastern and western perspectives. Full panel details available on the website.