200 years of the Elgin collection

200 years of the Elgin collection

Friday 1 July 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

2016 is the 200th anniversary of the British Museum’s formal acquisition of the sculptures popularly known as the Elgin Marbles. On 4 July 1816 Parliament’s decision to secure them for the nation was confirmed, and this was to have a great influence in determining the Museum’s development of artistic and moral purpose. This panel discussion unites leading experts to examine the impact and influence of the sculptures' display at the Museum over the past two centuries, and the benefit they have offered visitors who can see them as part of a world collection. Chaired by Curator Ian Jenkins, British Museum, panellists include David Bindman, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at UCL, and Athena Leoussi, Associate Professor in European History at the University of Reading. Introduced by Lesley Fitton, Keeper of the Department of Greece and Rome, British Museum. 


Crossing borders: European migration throughout history

Crossing borders: European migration throughout history

Monday 20 June 2016, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, Members/concessions £10

Chaired by Jon Snow, Channel 4 News, and introduced by Exhibition Curator Dirk Booms, British Museum, this panel discussion includes a private view of the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest from 19.00, with the debate beginning at 20.00. 


Egyptian wisdom, Greek philosophy: enduring traditions

Egyptian wisdom, Greek philosophy: enduring traditions

Friday 23 September 2016, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Ancient Greece and ancient Egypt can seem like worlds apart, particularly in terms of their philosophical traditions, but they are closer than they seem. In this special talk, philosopher, broadcaster and psychotherapist Mark Vernon will be in conversation with Vassili Christodoulou from The School of Life, probing the links between Greek and Egyptian systems of thought, and assessing their enduring relevance today. 


Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day, hourly entry slots
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 you are an educational group where students are 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 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. 


Live Japanese porcelain demonstration with Kate Malone and Hitomi Hosono

Live Japanese porcelain demonstration with Kate Malone and Hitomi Hosono

Saturday 6 August 2016, 15.00
Studio
£5, Members/concessions £3

Watch a live demonstration of the materials, tools and techniques used in Japanese porcelain making. Ceramic artists Kate Malone (judge on BBC2’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down) and Hitomi Hosono take inspiration from the Asahi Shimbun DisplayMade in Japan: Kakiemon and 400 years of porcelain, and curator Nicole Rousmaniere will give a tour of the show. 


Luca Zingaretti performs La Sirena

Luca Zingaretti performs La Sirena

Friday 22 July 2016, 19.30-20.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Enjoy a special performance by actor Luca Zingaretti (Il commissario Montalbano/Inspector Montalbano) based on the book Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, London.

Part of the special event Sicilian splendour


Magic of Persia: European women in Persian houses

Magic of Persia: European women in Persian houses

Sunday 3 July 2016, 10.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required

Renowned Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, whose works are represented in the British Museum collection, and other speakers will discuss the context of his new book, European Women in Persian Houses. Organised in collaboration with MoP Foundation.

Image:Farangi Women & Me Print, by Parviz Tanavoli, produced by KA:V editions 2014. British Museum 2016,6013.1.4. Donated by Yashar Samimi Mofakham, and Tarlan Rafiee  


Members' Exclusive Lecture Telling stories: building a collection of Middle Eastern art

Members' Exclusive Lecture Telling stories: building a collection of Middle Eastern art

Monday 15 August 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

The British Museum has been collecting works by Middle Eastern artists since the late 1980s, and is the first museum to be active in this area. Assistant Keeper Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle East, will discuss the scope of this growing collection, and the ways that artists reflect upon their histories and literary traditions, or comment on the troubled politics of the region today.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture The Indus civilisation: lost and found

Members' Exclusive Lecture The Indus civilisation: lost and found

Monday 25 July 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink

When Alexander the Great invaded the Indus Valley in the 4th century BC, he was wholly unaware that this region of north-west India had once been the centre of a civilisation worthy of comparison with ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. In this lecture, author Andrew Robinson introduces the Indus civilisation that flourished for half a millennium from about 2600 to 1900 BC, when it mysteriously declined and vanished. It remained invisible for almost 4,000 years, until its ruins were discovered in the 1920s by British and Indian archaeologists. Today, after almost a century of excavation, it is regarded as the beginning of Indian civilisation and possibly the origin of Hinduism.

 


Osiris: myth, ritual, legend

Osiris: myth, ritual, legend

Friday 9 September 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

The sustained worship of Osiris, ancient Egyptian god of the underworld, united the cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. Understanding this cult helps shine a light on the thoughts, belief and religious world represented in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds. In this special discussion, chaired by Exhibition Curator Aurélia Masson-Berghoff, a panel of experts, including Dr Damian Robinson, Dr Andreas Effland, John Baines and François Leclere, will examine Osiris from a variety of perspectives. 


Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

Sicily: Culture and Conquest - July YF Sleepover

16 - 17 July 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. With 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.
 


Sicily: Culture and Conquest - June YF Sleepover

Sicily: Culture and Conquest - June YF Sleepover

18 - 19 June 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. With 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.
 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Thursday 28 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so-famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history. Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, it’s a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (That’s dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell won’t be there. And there probably won’t be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, it’s nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

28 July line up:

Arthur Smith: The Comedy Club, Arthur Smith’s Balham Bash
Professor Richard Wiseman: Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire
Natalie Haynes: Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics, The Body Beautiful - Ancient Greeks, Good Looks and Glamour
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40- minute interval. Ticket holders may arrive from 18.45 through the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Ticket holders who are in the Museum at closing time (17.30) must leave and re-enter at 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 and latecomers will not be permitted entry. A bar will be available in the Clore Centre for Education Foyer before the event and during the interval serving drinks and a selection of light snacks. Please note that only bottled water is permitted in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you wish to make any access arrangements, please contact the Membership Office before booking on friends@britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8195. In the unlikely event performers change due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no refunds. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-refundable.

 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Thursday 21 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so-famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history. Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, it’s a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (That’s dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell won’t be there. And there probably won’t be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, it’s nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

21 July line up:

Robin Ince: The Infinite Monkey Cage
Dan Schreiber: QI ‘Elf’, co-creator The Museum of Curiosity, No Such Thing as the News
Carrie Quinlan: The News Quiz, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40-minute interval. Ticket holders may arrive from 18.45 through the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Ticket holders who are in the Museum at closing time (17.30) must leave and re-enter at 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 and latecomers will not be permitted entry. A bar will be available in the Clore Centre for Education Foyer before the event and during the interval serving drinks and a selection of light snacks. Please note that only bottled water is permitted in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you wish to make any access arrangements, please contact the Membership Office before booking on friends@britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8195. In the unlikely event performers change due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no refunds. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-refundable.

 


Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Stiff Competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Monday 18 July 2016, 19:15-22:00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so-famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history. Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, it’s a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (That’s dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell won’t be there. And there probably won’t be any singing. But there will be talent So, actually, it’s nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)

Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests. Age 16+.

18 July line up:

Zoe Lyons: Mock the Week, The News Quiz, Live At The Apollo
Paul Sinha: The Now Show, Just a Minute, Loose Ends
Bob Mills: Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk, In Bed with Medinner
Plus guest curator from the British Museum

Important information
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes including a 40-minute interval. Ticket holders may arrive from 18.45 through the Main entrance on Great Russell Street. Ticket holders who are in the Museum at closing time (17.30) must leave and re-enter at 18.45. Doors to the BP Lecture Theatre open at 18.45 and seats are unreserved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The show begins at 19.15 and latecomers will not be permitted entry. A bar will be available in the Clore Centre for Education Foyer before the event and during the interval serving drinks and a selection of light snacks. Please note that only bottled water is permitted in the BP Lecture Theatre. If you wish to make any access arrangements, please contact the Membership Office before booking on friends@britishmuseum.org or 020 7323 8195. In the unlikely event performers change due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no refunds. Tickets are subject to availability and are non-refundable.

 


The Crick Crack Club presents Gilgamesh

The Crick Crack Club presents Gilgamesh

Sunday 11 September 2016, 15.00-17.00
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.

An ancient hero. A wild man tamed by a whore. A quest for eternal life, and the deepest secrets of the gods Over 3,500 years after this ancient Mesopotamia myth was first recorded on clay tablets in cuneiform, world-renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary, passionate and powerful telling of one of the first great works of literature. Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our antihero turned hero discovers what it really is to be a man.

‘Vivid, rich and imposingly epic’ ★★★★ The Times
‘A tour de force of storytelling. The intriguing soundtrack compliments the storytelling brilliantly.’ ★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘The art of storytelling is in the surest, safest hands here’ Remote Goat

Suitable for ages 15+

Ben Haggarty is one of the world's leading contemporary storytellers, renowned for his passionate and physical performances. He tours widely, has been a guest artist in over 100 International Storytelling Festivals in 25 countries and was for ten years the official storyteller with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ben trained in mime, and in theatre direction at East 15, and was apprenticed as an image-maker with Welfare State. He is a much sought after teacher and director of storytellers and artistic director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. He is Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). Find out more at benhaggarty.com

Jonah Brody is an international award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing bass, guitar, gamelan, Japanese koto and harmonium. He trained at SOAS, winning the 2010 Darmasiswa music Scholarship. He was a member of contemporary folk ensemble Sam Lee and Friends and heads Super Best Friends Club. Having studied the musical accompaniment of the Ramayana in Indonesia during his MA, he carries deep knowledge of improvised eastern traditions, and is an accomplished improviser. Previous projects with the Crick Crack Club include being part of Pandvani 108, an epic storytelling collective inspired by a distinctive collaborative storytelling style from India. 


The Crick Crack Club presents Kali

The Crick Crack Club presents Kali

Sunday 9 October 2016, 15.00-17.00
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.

From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind-blowing world of radical transformations. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of them all. Demon slayer, life saver, supreme mother, destruction dancer, this is a truly awe-inspiring goddess.

Join storyteller Emily Hennessey and acclaimed sitar player Sheema Mukherjee on this white-knuckled tuc-tuc ride through sun-kissed palaces, fiend-infested forests and every cacophonous, saffron-scented marketplace in-between.

Suitable for ages 15+

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 by train, bus, rickshaw and bicycle. She 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 from the age of four. Emily came to storytelling while studying Drama & Theatre Studies at the University of Kent where she met storyteller Dr Vayu Naidu. She completed a storytelling apprenticeship with Vayu, and later trained with Ben Haggarty. She's also had the privilege of training 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. Find out more at emilyhennessey.co.uk

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, the late Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, and then with the late 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 formidable collaborator with internationally renowned artists from many genres. Sheema has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as Courtney Pine, Sir John Tavener, Martin Carthy, Bobby McFerrin, Boris Grebenshikov, Natacha Atlas, Noel Gallagher & 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 and the Olympia-Halle (Munich), supporting Jimmy Page and Robert Plant throughout their European tour (1998), and the Olympics Arts Festival for Sydney 2000. She also makes regular appearances at WOMAD (UK) with her own ensembles. Find out more at mukherjee.co.uk 


The Crick Crack Club presents The Odyssey

The Crick Crack Club presents The Odyssey

Sunday 13 November 2016, 15.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Come to the Museum for a compelling performance of The Odyssey by storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden. They will bring Homer’s epic tale to life with wry humour, poetic reflection and profound human observation. 


The Crick Crack Club presents Where the Bear Sleeps - The Kalevala

The Crick Crack Club presents Where the Bear Sleeps - The Kalevala

Sunday 11 December 2016, 15.00-17.00
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.

In 2000 Nick Hennessey entered the world championship of epic-singing in Espoo near Helsinki, performing the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, to the Finns, in English – and won.

Join him in a performance that journeys into the deep, snow-filled forests of the Finnish far north, where the river of the underworld flows dark and fast, and the summer sun shines just a little too bright. In this world created from shards of eggshell, the sun and moon are fought over, magic is done and undone, and life is shot through with bizarre ordeals, misguided passions, magical battles and transformations. Expect a remarkable performance of elemental epic.

Suitable for ages 15+

‘Spellbinding’ SouthBank, London
‘Compelling’ The Times
‘He brings that rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility magical’ London Literature Festival
‘Captivating, powerful, perfect' The Oxford Culture Review

Nick Hennessey is a singer, songwriter and performance storyteller. He is a dynamic and passionate performer whose love for the traditional culture of northern Europe forges together the note, the song and the spoken word into a unique, engaging style. An international performer, he has worked extensively at folk, storytelling and literature festivals across the UK and toured to Estonia, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Canada and Japan. In London Nick has performed at Southbank Centre, the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and at the Soho Theatre. Nick was commissioned in 2007 by the Plymouth Theatre Royal to write The Crossroads, a short play based on the ballad Tam Lin for the celebrated Playhouse Festival. The play has subsequently been performed at Plymouth Theatre Royal and London’s Polka Theatre. In 2000 Nick won the Finnish World Championship in epic-singing, performing the Kalevala in English for Finnish audiences. In 2009 he presented a programme on BBC Radio 4 on the relationship between Kalevala and Finnish national identity. A distinctive singer and harpist, Nick has published three solo albums, the most recent of which, A Rare Hunger, released on Harbourtown Records, received critical acclaim on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and numerous stations in the USA. Find out more at nickhennessey.co.uk