Project leader: Silke Ackermann
Department: Prehistory and Europe
Project start: 2005
End date: 2008
Other British Museum staff: Claire Edwards, Sarah Longair
Other departments: Learning and Audiences
How do individuals and societies, from ancient times to the present and across cultures, perceive, mark and measure time?
These are the questions that the TIME gallery will raise, offering visitors a unique opportunity to explore a theme that cuts across the Museum’s collections. The gallery’s themes and messages will be carried through a wide variety of objects drawn from all parts of the Museum, through stimulating and questioning introductory texts, quotations, objects stories, personal voices, audio-visuals and related events. The accompanying publication will explore these themes further and act as a guide to the BM and to the cultures of the world through one common theme.
The space will be designed in such a way that visitors will be encouraged to feel and behave differently. Objects will be at the heart of the experience, and their stories will encourage visitors to challenge their own notions of time – and the understanding of cultures other than their own.