The past from above:
through the lens of Georg Gerster

16 November 2006 – 11 February 2007

Exhibition closed

Room 35

Supported by the Global Partners of the British Museum

See over 100 of the world's greatest historic locations in the heart of London. Captured over 40 years, the aerial photography of Swiss photographer Georg Gerster will take visitors on a tour of five continents.

Over 100 sites including the ancient cities of Babylon (in modern-day Iraq), Leptis Magna (in Libya) and Teotihuacan (in Mexico), will be explored in this exhibition. Objects from the Museum's permanent collection will feature alongside Gerster's photographs to provide an added insight into the people behind these extraordinary locations.

As well as focusing on the wonders of these archaeological sites, the exhibition also serves as a reminder of the fragility of many of these important locations and that positive action is required to preserve our common cultural heritage. This is your chance to view the world from a truly different perspective.


Sheela-na-Gig. 11th-13th century AD. From Chloran, County Meath, Ireland