Over many years, Curator Alexandra Fletcher has formed a particularly strong bond with one of the… older people in the British Museum. In fact, she was one of the first to see his face in over 9,500 years. The Jericho Skull is arguably the oldest portrait in the British Museum – a human skull from […]

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While walking through the streets of Nagaoka in Japan, Curator Nicole Rousmaniere noticed she was standing on a prehistoric Japanese pot…well, a representation of one of these pots. ‘Dezain manhōru’ are designed manhole covers, and Nicole has recently acquired one for the British Museum’s collection. LINKS: Twitter: http://twitter.com/britishmuseum Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/britishmuseum Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/britishmuseum The British Museum […]

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From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and the Guerrilla Girls, see America through the eyes of its greatest printmakers. Trace 60 years of a superpower in this major new exhibition. The American Dream: pop to the present 9 March – 18 June 2017 Book now: https://goo.gl/7khoaY Sponsored by […]

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‘[The British Museum’s] collection of lesbian and gay badges is not widely known, but is kept in the butch Coins and Medals section just to the left of those very interestingly painted Greek vases.’ – ‘100 years of CAMP BADGES at the British Museum’, Pride programme (1987). For the past 35 years Philip Attwood, Keeper […]

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Oxford University professor Richard Bruce Parkinson worked with actress and writer Barbara Ewing to record a dramatic reading of one of the finest works of Egyptian poetry The Tale of Sinuhe. Here, they discuss working together and the impact the poem can still have on a modern audience. The recording is part of a project […]

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Have you ever tried to get into the mind of a suffragette? British Museum curator Tom Hockenhull has… and not in the way you might expect from a numismatist. LINKS: Twitter: http://twitter.com/britishmuseum Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/britishmuseum Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/britishmuseum The British Museum Podcast: Mobile device https://goo.gl/GWWofs Soundcloud https://goo.gl/u5GTth iTunes https://goo.gl/oSWTUp Blog: http://british.museumblog.org/ source

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The final episode in the series tracking the in-depth conservation of this Romano-British cinerary urn. Watch previous episodes in the series – https://goo.gl/U851ra Cinerary urns were designed to carry ashes, especially the ashes of cremated bodies. Follow conservator, Dr Duygu Camurcuoglu as she conserves this beautiful glass object. source

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Idrimi was a refugee who fled Aleppo in Syria about 3,500 years ago – the same Aleppo so often in the news today. Later, as a much older man, Idrimi had this statue made of himself, with his life story written across the front, literally from head to foot. This extraordinary story is inscribed in […]

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From 1960 to the present day, the greatest American artists have been drawn to printmaking to create some of their most exciting work. From Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns to Kara Walker and Ed Ruscha, they have combined bold colours, huge scale and new technologies to make art that often comments on and responds to […]

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This is the story of a mystery hoard of gold found inside a piano. Piano tuner Martin Backhouse came across several tightly wrapped fabric bundles while working on an instrument that had been newly donated to Bishop’s Castle Community College in Shropshire. Carefully opening one he discovered stacks of gold sovereigns – precious coins – […]

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