Artist Ik-Joong Kang in conversation

Artist Ik-Joong Kang in conversation

Friday 16 September, 19.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking advised

Seoul-born and now New York-based artist Ik-Joong Kang discusses his work, practice and artistic inspiration with British Museum Curator Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun, with reference to Floating Dreams, his latest installation on London’s Southbank. 


Chuseok: then and now

Chuseok: then and now

Thursday 15 September 2016, 13.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking required
Chuseok (추석), also known as hangawi (한가위), is the Korean Harvest Moon Festival celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (in 2016 this is 15 September).

In this discussion, British Museum Curator Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun is joined by Jim E Hoare, Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, and Keith Howard, Professor of Music at SOAS, to discuss the roots, heritage and enduring meaning of Chuseok today, both in Korea and across the world. 


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 the people in your group are aged 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. 


Inside clocks and watches

Inside clocks and watches

Tuesday 20 September, 13.30 - 14.30 & 15.00 - 16.00
Information Desk
Free, booking essential

Paul Buck and Oliver Cooke, British Museum, introduce the inner mechanisms and design of clocks and watches from the 16th to the early 18th centuries using examples in the British Museum's collection, offering the opportunity to see the inner workings of historic pieces and discover how the art of timekeeping developed. 


Korean traditional music performance with soloists of Jeong Ga Ak Hoe

Korean traditional music performance with soloists of Jeong Ga Ak Hoe

Thursday 15 September, 11.00 - 12.00
Room 67
Free, booking advised

Join soloists from the Seoul-based group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe in Room 67, the Korea Foundation Gallery, for an enchanting repertoire of traditional Korean music. This marks the opening of the Museum's events celebrating Chuseok, the Korean Harvest Moon Festival. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - Brains, objects and deep history

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Brains, objects and deep history

Thursday 27 October 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Clive Gamble, University of Southampton and Chair of the British Museum Friends Advisory Council, asks how the growth of our brains changed the cultural life of our earliest ancestors. Why do we have such elaborate imaginations? And what drove the dramatic and unexpected increase in brain size? The answers to these questions will be explored across three million years of deep history. Clive will use the oldest objects in the British Museum’s collections to illustrate when hominin brains became human minds and show the role our intimate social lives played in this pivotal development.
Tickets £15 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - Painting a Landscape: 300th anniversary of Capability Brown

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Painting a Landscape: 300th anniversary of Capability Brown

Monday 17 October 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Capability Brown is one of the most famous English landscape designers and responsible for transforming over 170 gardens across England. Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History for The National Trust will take a look at the life of this great designer and also what inspired him to transform the English landscape from the formal gardens of the 17th Century to the sweeping naturalistic landscapes of the 18th. Richard will look at both the influence of the landscape artists and the patrons themselves who commissioned Brown to transform their outdated gardens into a garden of ‘taste’.
Tickets £15 and includes a complimentary drink. Booking required. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture South Africa: the art of a nation

Members' Exclusive Lecture South Africa: the art of a nation

Monday 26 September 2016, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£15, includes complimentary drink
Archaeologists have found some of the world’s oldest artworks in South Africa. Today artists contribute toward a powerful contemporary art scene in South Africa that is often political in its use of the recent and deeper past to comment on the present. Curators John Giblin and Chris Spring present a lively overview of this exhibition, which displays historic and contemporary artworks to tell a history of South Africa from the earliest artistic acts to the most recent.
Tickets £15 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 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. 


Otherworldly: a special event for Halloween

Otherworldly: a special event for Halloween

Sunday 16 October, 10.30 - 17.30
Clore Centre for Education
£20, no concessions

Cult television programmes and films of the 1960s and 70s are inspiring a new generation of poets, writers, artists and musicians with their atmospheric themes of contemporary individuals interacting with a uniquely British world of ancient mythology and magic, often uncanny and unsettling. This special event will feature lectures, film screenings, performances and gallery tours of featured objects in the Museum’s collection to explore themes of cultural rituals, earth mysteries, psychogeography and folklore. Come along and prepare to be scared! Organised in collaboration with Folk Horror Revival. 


Somali Week Festival opening: a Black History Month special event

Somali Week Festival opening: a Black History Month special event

Friday 21 October, 17.15 - 20.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, £3 members/concessions

Speakers include Ahmed I Samatar, prominent Somali writer, professor and former dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College, and expert in the global political economy, political and social thought and African development, singer-songwriter Ahmed Nahi Saad, whose long career has seen him promote the preservation and promotion of Somali culture and music, and London-based poets.

Presented in collaboration with Kayd Somali Arts & Culture. Kayd Somali Arts & Culture was founded on the need to preserve the literary and musical heritage that once dominated the Somali cultural scene. The term ‘kayd’ broadly translates as ‘preservation’ and captures the intention to encourage the Somali people to cherish their rich heritage and embrace their culture of artistic excellence.

For more information about Somali Week Festival, email info@kayd.org or follow @somaliweekfest on Twitter. 


Sounds of Korea: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe

Sounds of Korea: Jeong Ga Ak Hoe

Thursday 15 Septemeber, 15.00 - 16.00
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking advised

The Seoul-based group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe perform ancient and newly composed works for vocalists and traditional instruments. As part of the Museum's events celebrating Chuseok, the Korean Harvest Moon Festival, this concert will highlight Korean folk and ritualistic music. Jeong Ga Ak Hoe have toured widely in the US and Europe, but this is their first visit to the UK. 


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 


Why have ancient battles marked us so much?

Why have ancient battles marked us so much?

Thursday 6 October, 13.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Certain Greek and Roman military campaigns have passed into the popular imagination as enduring legacies of the ancient world. Spartan resistance at Thermopylae, Alexander’s expedition to the east, and the Roman defeat in the Teutoburg forest became legendary in antiquity and went on to influence modern thought, all the way to Waterloo and Hollywood.

Organised in collaboration with Reading University, this panel discussion considers the memorialisation of some key ancient battles, from antiquity to modernity, reflecting on how their meanings have been formed and transformed over the ages. From Reading University, panellists include Athena Leoussi, Emma Aston, Matthew Nicholls, Katherine Harloe and Rachel Mairs. Panel organised jointly by the British Museum and the University of Reading’s Ways of War Centre, The Classical Tradition and Reception Studies Group of the Department of Classics, and The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies. 


Young Friends' Sleepover - Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds, 10-11 September

Young Friends' Sleepover - Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds, 10-11 September

10-11 September 2016, 18.00 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00
Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover themed around The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds. With craft workshops, participatory activities and storytelling, looking an Egyptian world that lay hidden beneath the waves. It's fun for both children and adults alike. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings, gods and heroes from the ancient world, and then join us for breakfast and visit this blockbuster exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
Young Friends Only. Tickets £45. Booking required