Tuesday 8 December 2015, 19.00 BP Lecture Theatre £15, Members/concessions £12
Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum. Includes a private view of the exhibition Egypt: faith after the pharaohs from 19.00, with the debate beginning at 20.00.
Illustrator Hugo Yoshikawa’s live demonstration will show you how to draw your own manga! Using a visualiser to project his drawings onto a big screen, Hugo will explain his process and discuss manga illustration in a wider context with manga historian and curator Paul Gravett.
Every day, hourly entry slots The British Museum 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 from the 8th of October must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance has previously been advised on the British Museum website for groups planning visits as it provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.
We would like to thank you in advance for your help and support with these changes which will improve your visit to the museum.
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 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.
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.
Friday 16 October 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
In 1707, the first modern recognition of 'Celticity' was made in Edward Lhuyd’s Archæologia Britannica, with Celts being assigned as 'speakers of the Celtic family of languages'. Since then, however, the notion of Celticity has been applied to numerous fields including art, culture, archaeology and even genetics, with recent scientific studies carried out in search of 'the Celtic gene'. This interdisciplinary panel discussion will examine such endeavours and shine a light on the conflicting perspectives they often present. Chaired by Sir Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford, and featuring Miranda Aldhouse-Green, Cardiff University, Martin Richards, University of Huddersfield, Simon James, University of Leicester, and John Koch, University of Wales.
Friday 22 January 2016, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £5, Members/concessions £3
Alice Roberts, writer and co-presenter of the BBC series Celts, and Exhibition Curator Julia Farley discuss the considerations of presenting and interpreting the Celtic artistic legacy – both ancient and modern – on television and in museums.
Monday 19 October 2015, 18.30 BP Lecture Theatre £15, includes complimentary drink
Journey through a thousand years of weather with award-winning writer and cultural historian Alexandra Harris. Introducing her new book Weatherland: Writers and Artists Under English Skies, Alexandra will survey the responses of writers and artists from across the centuries to the wind, rain, sun and snow. From the wintry world of the Anglo-Saxons, to the Middle ages in Spring, this lecture celebrates the English skies and those who have lived under them.
Friday 6 November 2015, 13.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking required
Susan Schwalb is one of the foremost figures in the revival of the technique of metalpoint drawing. Her work is in the Museum’s permanent collection and in the exhibition Drawing in silver and gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns. In this talk she will articulate her own artistic journey working in metalpoint and provide a live demonstration of the technique.
Monday 2 November 2015, 12.00 Room 90 Free, booking required
Judith Rayner and Joanna Russell from the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, British Museum, will discuss the materials and techniques of Renaissance metalpoint drawing. They explain how they use a range of visual and scientific examination methods to reveal new information, helping us to understand how these drawings were made.
Friday 20 November 2015, 18.30-20.00 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking required
The British Museum has constantly evolved since it first opened in 1759, and must continue to evolve in the future. In this event, a specialist panel will explore the Museum’s place within a network of partner organisations across the UK, its current work, and the possibilities that lie ahead for a more interconnected approach to skills sharing, knowledge exchange and technical innovation.
Saturday 17 October 2015, entry from 8.45 The British Museum £31.50, no concessions
Join us for a morning view of Celts: art and identity at the British Museum on 17 October.
Trace what it means to be Celtic in this major new exhibition, organised in partnership between the British Museum and National Museums Scotland. The story unfolds over 2,500 years, from the first recorded mention of ‘Celts’ to an exploration of contemporary Celtic influences. Discover how this identity has been revived and reinvented over the centuries, across Britain, Europe and beyond.
Many objects provide clues to and raise questions about Celtic identity. From the depths of the River Thames come magnificent Iron Age treasures such as the Waterloo helmet and Battersea shield. Roman jewellery, early medieval manuscripts and crosses, a Liberty tea set and even a modern football shirt tell a constantly evolving British and Irish story. Major loans, such as the spectacular Gundestrup cauldron, reveal profound cultural connections across Europe.
The fascinating art and history explored in the exhibition have deep resonances for those in Britain, Ireland and the global Celtic diaspora today, influencing everything from music and literature to sport and spirituality.
Times+ members will enjoy an exclusive breakfast in the Great Court Restaurant with an introduction from the Curator and the opportunity to enter the exhibition before it opens to the public.
Wednesday 28 October 2015, 18.45 BP Lecture Theatre £15, Members/concessions £12
In October 2015 The Art Newspaper celebrates its 25th anniversary. They are marking it by posing the question ‘What is art for?’ to fine minds who are not part of the art system. Their statements will be challenged in order to arrive, if possible, at some ideas that are truthful and have substance. Introduced by the British Museum's Director Neil MacGregor, the speakers will be Cambridge University mathematician and playwright Professor John Barrow, Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri, writer on comparative religions and TV personality Karen Armstrong, and Zaki Nusseibeh, eminence grise behind the cultural policies of Abu Dhabi and advisor to the President of the UAE. Each will talk for 10 minutes and be questioned for another 10 minutes, with a summing up at the end. The 'interrogator' will be well-known barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, who specialises in human rights issues.
Includes cocktails and canapés from 18.45, with the discussion from 19.45 to 21.15.
24 - 25 October 2015, 18.15 - 09.00 Registration in Room 4 £45.00
Young Friends can come along to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Celts: art and identity.
With traditional craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, it's fun for everyone. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries, and then visit the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.