Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

Exploring LGBTQ histories at the British Museum

Thursday 22 February 2018, 15.00 - 17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Join curators from the British Museum as they explore LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from the collection. This event may include visits to the Museum’s galleries. It is part of OUTing the Past the National Festival of LGBT History and LGBT History Month. 


Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day
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 meet at the Information Desk £14 per person

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.

This tour is designed for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a considerable amount of walking. 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - Inspiring Rodin

Members' Exclusive Lecture - Inspiring Rodin

Monday 26 March 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

Curator Ian Jenkins will talk about the upcoming exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece. This major exhibition will feature around eighty works by Rodin and tell the story of the artist’s fascination with the Parthenon sculptures. The famous Greek sculptures had a tremendous impact on Rodin’s creation of the human form, inspiring such works as the Kiss.

£15, includes a complimentary drink, booking required.

 


Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Thirty Years War: Why did it take so long to make peace?

Members' Exclusive Lecture - The Thirty Years War: Why did it take so long to make peace?

Monday 19 February 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

The Thirty Years War (1618-48) was Europe’s most destructive conflict prior to the two twentieth-century world wars. At least 5 million people died in the Holy Roman Empire, the war’s principal battleground, or one in five of the population. It was widely believed at the time and subsequently that the conflict was an All Destructive Fury, unleashed by the pent-up religious hatred following the Reformation, and stoked by international tensions. Once begun, the war seemed to spiral out of control, becoming impossible to stop. Though the concluding Peace of Westphalia has been much discussed as a major milestone towards a modern world order, comparatively little attention has been paid to why the conflict lasted so long. Peter H. Wilson will address this, examining why peace proved so elusive and how this terrible war was eventually brought to an end.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Members' early morning viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Members' early morning viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Saturday 28 April 2018
09.00-09.50
Room 30

Members can book to visit the exhibition Rodin and the art of ancient Greece before normal opening hours.

Discover how ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a radical new direction for modern art. In 1881 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces. Experience the magnificent sculpture of a modern master, and explore how the ancient world shaped his artistic vision.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.

 


Members' early morning viewing of Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Members' early morning viewing of Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

Saturday 13 January 2018
09.00-09.50
Room 30

Members can book to visit The BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia before normal opening hours and discover the story of how these nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for early morning views of the exhibition (please note, this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). The timings indicate available slots for accessing the early morning viewing. Members will be able to remain in the exhibition for as long as they like.
Free for members but must be pre-booked. 


Members' late viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Members' late viewing of Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

Monday 30 April 2018
18.00-19.30
Room 30

A Members-only late night viewing of the exhibition  Rodin and the art of ancient Greece.

Discover how ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a radical new direction for modern art. In 1881 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces. Experience the magnificent sculpture of a modern master, and explore how the ancient world shaped his artistic vision.

All Members will need to book in advance of their visit for late night viewings of the exhibition (please note: this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours). You are welcome to wait in the Museum until your timeslot. The Members’ Room will not be open for the duration of the evening and will close at 17.30. However, you can wait in the Great Court or visit the Great Court Café.

 


Members’ lecture - When objects talk: a year in the life

Members’ lecture - When objects talk: a year in the life

Monday 22 January 2018
18.30 – 20.00
BP Lecture Theatre

There is a long and distinguished history of scientific research at the British Museum. The Department of Scientific Research works alongside Conservation and all Curatorial departments to help preserve the collection, to undertake new scientific investigation and to disseminate findings to other scholars and to the wider public. This presentation reviews the spectacular new research findings, the development of new laboratory facilities in the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre that have taken place in 2017 as well as highlighting the activities of the staff group who have made this happen. Carl demonstrates that scientific research is vital to the future of the Museum and signals some of the new directions, opportunities and challenges that 2018 may bring.

Includes a complimentary drink.

 


Music from Korea

Music from Korea

Friday 19 January 2018, 18.00 - 19.00
Room 67
Free, booking essential

An evening of enchanting Korean music, performed by Korean musicians against the backdrop of the beautiful Korean Gallery (Room 67), complete with a replica scholar's study (sarangbang).

Supported by the Korea Foundation. 


The Crick Crack Club presents 1001 Nights

The Crick Crack Club presents 1001 Nights

Sunday 11 March 2018, 14.30-17.00
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.

A king betrayed by his wife, decides to wreak his revenge on womankind by bedding, then slaughtering, one virgin every night... but then he meets Sheharazade.

Sheharazade, the storyteller who saved her own life together with the lives of her children by telling stories for a thousand and one nights, is one of the great cultural creations of the Arab world. Stories nestle within stories, with demons, errant spouses, thieves, fools and comedians all jostling for attention.

The fabulous Egyptian storyteller and performer Chirine El Ansary returns to the Crick Crack Club to tell some of the most intriguing and deliciously seductive episodes from The Nights, stories that explore the deepest passions and desires of men and women.

Chirine El Ansary
Cairo born, and Le Coq and Goldsmith’s trained in Paris and London, Chirine El Ansary is a storyteller and physical performer living in Egypt and France, and working in French, English and Arabic. Chirine was one of the first performers to perform in the ancient buildings in the heart of the old city of Cairo, and in the markets and old palaces of Damascus and Aleppo. Today she is an international storyteller and has performed in cities diverse as Sana’a, Nairobi, Zanzibar, Johannesburg, Rome, Naples, Rotterdam, Paris and London.

Presented as part of HeForShe Arts Week. 


The Crick Crack Club presents The fate we bring ourselves: Greek myths unleashed

The Crick Crack Club presents The fate we bring ourselves: Greek myths unleashed

Sunday 11 February 2018, 14.30 - 17.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£10, Members/concessions £8

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.

Join performance storyteller Ben Haggarty at his most alarming, as he presents three remixed, extended and explicit Greek myths. Expect the wild exploits of Zeus, twice-born gods, formidable goddesses and some nasty clashes between naive mortals and uppity deities.

These are stories which you thought you knew – but here, thanks to extensive research and Ben's 30 years of reading between the lines of world mythology, you will find them conjecturally restored, live and direct, to their terrifying and truly awesome glory.

Enjoy world-class storytelling that is dark, magical and provocative.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Ben Haggarty on the nature of oral tradition and epic.

'Bloody brilliant!' Time Out

'A tour-de-force of storytelling' Remote Goat

'Storytelling genius' Brighton Fringe

Suitable for ages 16+

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 


The science of belief: Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish in conversation

The science of belief: Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish in conversation

Friday 26 January 2018, 18.30-19.45
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Humans, through time and across the world, have consistently expressed patterns of believing and belonging through shared narrative and practice.

In this discussion, chaired by award-winning journalist, writer and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed, scientists Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish examine how the cognitive impetus that drove the emergence of science might be considered to be the same impetus that fostered religion and other metaphysical beliefs.

They will discuss how science is itself at the heart of being human, and can be traced back through art, philosophy and ancient stories, including those in religious traditions.

Presented in collaboration with the Royal Society.

Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University, Fellow of the Royal Society and Vice-President of Science at the Institute of Physics. In his acclaimed 2014 book Faith and Wisdom in Science, he argued for science to be reassimilated into the interconnected whole of human activity, including our need for religion.

Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci FRS is Professor of Neuroscience and Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He was formerly Chief Executive of the British Medical Research Council. His work as a neurobiologist has contributed to our understanding of vision, and how the brain develops and adapts. He was influential in demonstrating ‘neural plasticity’ – how brain cells reorganise themselves in response to the environment after birth and even in adulthood. 


Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

7-8 April 2018, 18.15- 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover to find out how to be an archaeologist.

Find out about the history of archaeology – from the first excavations to what they do today, and what role they have played in the history of the British Museum. See what we can learn from ancient tombs and crack forgotten languages. Discover the story behind some of the objects in the collection and how they came to be in the Museum.

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world, followed by breakfast in the morning.

 


Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

Young Friends Sleepover: how to be an archaeologist

10-11 March 2018, 18.15- 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Young Friends can come to an exciting sleepover to find out how to be an archaeologist.

Find out about the history of archaeology – from the first excavations to what they do today, and what role they have played in the history of the British Museum. See what we can learn from ancient tombs and crack forgotten languages. Discover the story behind some of the objects in the collection and how they came to be in the Museum.

At the end of the evening Young Friends and their guests will spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by kings and gods from the ancient world, followed by breakfast in the morning.