Special Events

  • A living building

    A living building

    How could the British Museum best deliver its constant purpose for a changing public?

    Thursday 11 September 2014, 18.30
    BP Lecture Theatre
    £5, Members/concessions £3

    A panel of senior cultural professionals and museum directors will explain what they want and expect from the British Museum and explore how the building and its public spaces needs to evolve to make this possible. 


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  • Ancient Greek scent symposium

    Ancient Greek scent symposium

    Friday 12 September 2014, 18.30 - 20.00
    Room 12
    £15, online booking only

    Hosted by fragrance experts Odette Toilette and James Craven, this perfumed immersion into the world of the ancient Greeks takes the form of a conversational (and sniffable!) symposium, amid the sculptures from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos. After a drink of wine and oil anointing, make your way through to the gallery for an evening of scent and story, intertwining social history with the uses of fragrance in mythology. Each story will be brought to life through representative perfumes to try.

    BM/PM takes place every second Friday of the month. Relax at the bar with friends and catch performances that take a fresh look at the Museum’s collection. 


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  • Bloomsbury and the world: the new Knowledge Quarter in Camden

    Bloomsbury and the world: the new Knowledge Quarter in Camden

    Tuesday 18 November 2014, 18.30
    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. 


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  • Changing public dialogues with museum collections in the digital age

    Changing public dialogues with museum collections in the digital age

    Thursday 16 October 2014, 18.30
    BP Lecture Theatre
    £5, Members/concessions £3

    A panel of architects, designers and historians will discuss how rapid changes in digital technology potentially pose the biggest challenge and opportunity for museums to consider how the public interacts with collections – and how that might impact on physical spaces. 


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  • Global China: past and present

    Global China: past and present

    Friday 5 December 2014, 18.30
    Stevenson 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.

    Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


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  • 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. 


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  • Mummies (and daddies and carers!) view of Ancient lives, new discoveries

    Mummies (and daddies and carers!) view of Ancient lives, new discoveries

    Tuesday 9 September 2014, 10.00-12.00
    Room 5
    £10, Under 16s free, booking essential

    We are delighted to offer a dedicated time for parents and carers to visit this groundbreaking exhibition of eight mummies from ancient Egypt and Sudan.

    On this exclusive morning you won’t feel pressured to keep your kids quiet, you can meet other parents and carers who want to experience a bit of culture, and you’ll have the time to explore this fascinating new exhibition. You’ll also be able to hear from the Exhibition Curator, who will introduce you to the intriguing stories of these mummies.

    You will be able to take your buggy into the exhibition space or leave it in our buggy park. There will be baby changing and feeding facilities, as well as space reserved for you to have tea and coffee. You are more than welcome to feed babies in the Museum, and there are some private rooms for feeding if you prefer. You’ll also be treated to a complimentary cup of tea or coffee, and the cafés will be open throughout the day if you need to buy snacks or drinks.  


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  • Tastes of Ming China

    Tastes of Ming China

    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.

    Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


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  • Why does the period 1400-1450 matter in world history?

    Why does the period 1400-1450 matter in world history?

    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.

    Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission. 


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  • Young Friends Ancient lives sleepover

    Young Friends Ancient lives sleepover

    19-20 July 2014, 18.15-09.00
    Registration in Room 4
    £35.00

    Come along to this special sleepover and listen to Egyptian storytelling and take part in other activities based around the exhibition Ancient lives, new discoveries, then spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries. The next morning, visit the exhibition to discover more about life in ancient Egypt and Sudan, before the Museum opens to the public.

    Please arrive punctually to guarantee admission 


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