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 Museumís formal acquisition of the sculptures popularly known as the Elgin Marbles. On 4 July 1816 Parliamentís decision to secure them for the nation was confirmed, and this was to have a†great influence in determining the†Museumís 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 Museumís 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 Museumís 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 BBC2ís 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. 


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. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture:Hartwig Fischer: introducing the new Director

Members' Exclusive Lecture:Hartwig Fischer: introducing the new Director

Monday 27 June 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£20, includes complimentary drink

Hartwig Fischer took up his post as Director of the British Museum in April 2016. In his inaugural public lecture he will reflect on his first three months in the role and what the British Museum means to the world in 2016. Price includes a drink and donation to the International Training Programme.
Tickets £20 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required

 


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 Aurťlia Masson-Berghoff, a panel of experts, including Dr Damian Robinson, Dr Andreas Effland, John Baines and FranÁois 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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talentÖ So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)
Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).
Tickets £19 for Members and their guests. Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests, booking required. 16+

 


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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talentÖ So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)
Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).
Tickets £19 for Members and their guests. Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests, booking required. 16+

 


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 canít pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes Ė 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 (thatís you). At the end of the show, youíll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition. So, itís a bit like The X Factor for dead talented people. (Thatís dead, talented people. Also Simon Cowell wonít be there. And there probably wonít be any singing. But there will be talentÖ So, actually, itís nothing like The X Factor. Look, it will be fun, OK?)
Warning: may contain humour (and historical facts).
Tickets £19 for Members and their guests. Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests, booking required. 16+

 


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 Homerís epic tale to life with wry humour, poetic reflection and profound human observation.