Articles en <a href="/blog/preserving-papyrus-caring-4000-year-old-documents" hreflang="en"><span>Preserving papyrus: caring for 4000-year-old documents</span></a> Conservator Helen Sharp explains how she prepared ancient Egyptian texts for the Hieroglyphs exhibition. Fri, 27 Jan 2023 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods ba85773d-7d61-4025-837d-2b875b1cc0df <a href="/blog/page-turners-literature-ancient-egypt" hreflang="en"><span>Page turners: literature in ancient Egypt</span></a> Discover fantastical stories and biting satires as Ilona Regulski introduces us to the varied world of ancient Egyptian literature. Thu, 19 Jan 2023 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 0f289981-62dd-4d4d-8449-d3e79a75b6ef <a href="/blog/introduction-art-paper-1960-hamish-parker-collection" hreflang="en"><span>An introduction to Art on paper since 1960: the Hamish Parker collection </span></a> Curator Catherine Daunt highlights six works from our latest free display, celebrating around 150 works of art on paper. Thu, 12 Jan 2023 12:00:00 GMT EmilyCastles 00126526-d54f-407d-9cfe-bf24a578bdfe <a href="/blog/children-rashid" hreflang="en"><span>The children of Rashid</span></a> Fatma Keshk reveals the sometimes surprising and often spot-on takes from Egyptian students on ancient Egyptian objects. Wed, 21 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 5299ddef-d7c1-4b09-9faa-99b4356b1bbb <a href="/blog/enter-intriguing-world-artists-books" hreflang="en"><span>Enter the intriguing world of artists’ books</span></a> Curator Venetia Porter considers the history and nature of the unique medium of artists&#039; books. Mon, 19 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 05b48fef-35c7-4399-bed5-b1066de4ead9 <a href="/blog/can-you-crack-code" hreflang="en"><span>Can you crack the code?</span></a> Join the quest to unlock ancient Egypt by solving these hieroglyphs puzzles. Mon, 12 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 656133ab-c2f1-4e89-8caf-3c005d6a944d <a href="/blog/delicious-decadence-persian-sweets" hreflang="en"><span>The delicious decadence of Persian sweets</span></a> Food historian Tasha Marks explores the story of ancient Persian confectionary – complete with a recipe inspired by historical sources. Thu, 01 Dec 2022 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 6d773038-699e-45e9-a6a6-8d26641329c3 <a href="/blog/celebrating-pride-youth-collective" hreflang="en"><span>Celebrating Pride with the Youth Collective</span></a> Hear from members of the British Museum&#039;s Youth Collective as they reflect on their latest event and consider what Pride means for them. Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:00:00 GMT PhilipWoods 47e795a1-d0ab-4acf-80fb-47e761770b8b <a href="/blog/confluence-stories" hreflang="en"><span>A Confluence of Stories</span></a> Collection Manager Imran Javed introduces a display which explores identity, language and collective memory to tell a very personal story. Mon, 24 Oct 2022 01:00:00 BST SeanMcParland f6470b8d-c730-4be1-aada-eb45e34550e1 <a href="/blog/eureka-finding-key-ancient-egypt" hreflang="en"><span>Eureka! Finding the key to ancient Egypt</span></a> Curator Ilona Regulski takes a closer look at the breakthrough moment that changed our understanding of ancient history for ever. Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:00:00 BST PhilipWoods 9ab06a8d-4609-4dce-8491-f20e4b230808 <a href="/blog/feminine-power-welcoming-new-goddess-kali-icon" hreflang="en"><span>Feminine power: Welcoming a new Goddess Kali icon</span></a> Members of the London Durgastov Committee explain the importance of having a new Goddess Kali icon during our exhibition Feminine Power. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 01:00:00 BST Alison Bean 3c54474f-8f5a-4d15-849d-cfdf20023a9f <a href="/blog/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-british-museum" hreflang="en"><span>Queen Elizabeth II and the British Museum</span></a> We take a look back at some of The Queen&#039;s 15 visits to the British Museum during her reign and find out what Her Majesty did at the Museum. Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:00:00 BST SeanMcParland 42af3da3-d159-4aa1-bc4f-30f605693fd6 <a href="/blog/caring-only-known-full-kakapo-feather-cloak-world" hreflang="en"><span>Caring for the only known full kākāpō feather cloak in the world</span></a> A unique example of a Māori cloak or kahu kākāpō (‘cloak of kākāpō feathers’) has been preserved for future generations to enjoy. Tue, 30 Aug 2022 01:00:00 BST ACeiriog-Hughes d8710478-ee9d-4d2c-aac8-8da999a32a45 <a href="/blog/conserving-beiruts-shattered-glass" hreflang="en"><span>Conserving Beirut's shattered glass</span></a> Discover how an international partnership helped restore eight ancient glass vessels after their destruction in the 2020 Beirut explosion. Wed, 24 Aug 2022 01:00:00 BST PhilipWoods db443ee4-de01-4d7b-8ff8-b3eb5e828189 <a href="/blog/emerging-artist-jake-grewal-importance-drawing" hreflang="en"><span>Emerging artist Jake Grewal on the importance of drawing</span></a> As the exhibition Drawing attention closes, Curator Isabel Seligman speaks to artist Jake Grewal on what drawing means to him. Mon, 22 Aug 2022 01:00:00 BST SScobie 7c515349-c06b-4fca-8b4e-0e8ec30747ed <a href="/blog/creation-narratives-and-feminine-power" hreflang="en"><span>Creation narratives and Feminine power</span></a> Lucy Dahlsen presents tales from world cultures highlighting feminine beings have played a pivotal role in a host of creation stories. Mon, 22 Aug 2022 01:00:00 BST PBugg 5d7c82ee-5992-4db5-a435-febdb4450fd0 <a href="/blog/pagan-perspective-feminine-power-divine-demonic" hreflang="en"><span>A pagan perspective on Feminine power: the divine to the demonic</span></a> The community consultants who contributed to the development of the Feminine power exhibition respond to an object that relates to them. Tue, 09 Aug 2022 01:00:00 BST LThornton 9bf8a4fb-79ad-4b5a-a2ce-41b7c08f54b0 <a href="/blog/art-seahenge" hreflang="en"><span>The art of Seahenge</span></a> Archaeologist and artist Rose Ferraby was commissioned to create an artwork about Seahenge for The world of Stonehenge exhibition. Thu, 30 Jun 2022 01:00:00 BST ACeiriog-Hughes dea79fed-8b27-4fce-baa1-8d73ff8a614c <a href="/blog/here-comes-sun-stonehenge-and-summer-solstice" hreflang="en"><span>Here comes the sun! Stonehenge and the summer solstice</span></a> Dr Susan Greaney takes a look at Stonehenge and how the summer solstice has been celebrated at the famous monument. Wed, 15 Jun 2022 01:00:00 BST LThornton be7a3b2c-2f0b-417b-90f0-12cfa15458ff <a href="/blog/decade-skills-future-traineeships" hreflang="en"><span>A decade of 'Skills for the Future' traineeships</span></a> Previous trainees share their experiences of being part of a training programme for young people, and how it&#039;s helped them in their careers. Tue, 31 May 2022 01:00:00 BST PhilipWoods 2b882e18-80d3-4b44-bcc2-d340cb13a39c <a href="/blog/introduction-goddess-childrens-book-celebrating-feminine-power" hreflang="en"><span>Introduction to Goddess | Children’s book celebrating Feminine power </span></a> Goddess is a beautifully illustrated empowering children’s book that accompanies Feminine power: the divine and the demonic. Thu, 28 Apr 2022 01:00:00 BST EmilyCastles 5cf63e49-1d90-411c-a177-479522df38d5 <a href="/blog/introduction-feminine-power" hreflang="en"><span>An introduction to Feminine power</span></a> Lucy Dahlsen and Belinda Crerar explore some of the key stories and exciting pieces in Feminine power the divine to the demonic. Mon, 11 Apr 2022 01:00:00 BST SScobie ca77c9ff-64df-460a-9a3b-9b01af10fc16 <a href="/blog/art-crisis-identifying-and-returning-looted-objects" hreflang="en"><span>Art in crisis: identifying and returning looted objects</span></a> Curator St John Simpson explains how the Museum is helping to fight the contemporary trade of looted antiquities across the globe. Tue, 05 Nov 2019 12:00:00 GMT PBugg bb8bb262-ed63-4081-aa97-2f8c3844a7b7 <a href="/blog/object-journeys-working-kiribati-community-uk" hreflang="en"><span>Object Journeys: working with the Kiribati community in the UK</span></a> Oceania Curator Polly Bence talks about her work with the UK&#039;s Kiribati community through the Object Journeys project. Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:00:00 BST 3b77c288-9cfb-4046-9a6e-1e30c285a227 <a href="/blog/conserving-durers-triumphal-arch-coming-apart-seams" hreflang="en"><span>Conserving Dürer’s Triumphal Arch: coming apart at the seams</span></a> Conservator Agnieszka Depta removes the linen backing from Dürer&#039;s Triumphal Arch, and separates the work into its original 38 sheets. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT 9ad54181-9796-42ee-a32a-fdc3c24538a8 <a href="/blog/how-was-stonehenge-built" hreflang="en"><span>How was Stonehenge built?</span></a> Archaeologist Mike Pitts takes looks at how Stonehenge was constructed, and how people transported its huge stones to the famous site. Wed, 16 Feb 2022 06:59:50 GMT bce604cc-d03f-4dd2-9a04-f462393976c7 <a href="/blog/hokusai-and-great-picture-book-everything-latest-research" hreflang="en"><span>Hokusai and 'The Great Picture Book of Everything': the latest research</span></a> Hokusai&#039;s recently rediscovered drawings are as captivating as they are rare, new research illuminates their mysterious story. Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:03:02 GMT a90c8338-f32a-46b4-a19b-e28383252538 <a href="/blog/researching-lgbtq-connections-south-asia-collection" hreflang="en"><span>Researching LGBTQ connections in the South Asia collection</span></a> Volunteers respond to four objects in the South Asia collection that relate to fascinating LGBTQ histories. Tue, 18 Jan 2022 02:57:35 GMT baf3afd0-2ce2-4f23-b56d-c7756e4f08e5 <a href="/blog/issam-kourbaj-dark-water-burning-world" hreflang="en"><span>Issam Kourbaj: Dark Water, Burning World</span></a> Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art Venetia Porter explores Syrian-born, UK-based artist Issam Kourbaj&#039;s evocative artwork. Mon, 13 Dec 2021 10:34:03 GMT ea3e1468-699e-4d22-98e1-8c919ad0c9b8 <a href="/blog/introduction-stonehenge" hreflang="en"><span>An introduction to Stonehenge</span></a> Find out how and why Stonehenge was built and learn about the people who created these extraordinary monuments 4,500 years ago. Tue, 07 Dec 2021 08:12:46 GMT 2063660a-d2c2-455f-876c-71bdfb37c717 <a href="/blog/ancient-healthcare-fit-king" hreflang="en"><span>Ancient healthcare fit for a king</span></a> Take a closer look at the &#039;Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia&#039;, a 2,600-year-old handbook describing diseases, symptoms and prescriptions. Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:40:08 GMT 239f0b70-f42b-4564-a1b6-4195195a7172 <a href="/blog/who-were-nasca" hreflang="en"><span>Who were the Nasca?</span></a> The Nasca lived on the southern coast of modern-day Peru for around 850 years until AD 650. Explore their culture and the famed Nasca Lines. Thu, 11 Nov 2021 01:14:46 GMT 41661a60-894a-4ccb-ba9b-2737083f70a8 <a href="/blog/gaverne-bennetts-highlight-objects-african-kingdoms-timeline" hreflang="en"><span>Gaverne Bennett’s highlight objects: African kingdoms timeline</span></a> Explore our new African kingdoms timeline with Gaverne Bennett, who has selected a range of fascinating objects to take a closer look at. Fri, 29 Oct 2021 05:27:25 BST 399ab2b9-5449-4c32-b85f-c4e9fc0c9286 <a href="/blog/whats-british-museum-2022" hreflang="en"><span>What's on at the British Museum in 2022?</span></a> Get a sneak peek at the British Museum&#039;s 2022 special exhibitions as we introduce our shows on Stonehenge, hieroglyphs and feminine power. Mon, 18 Oct 2021 12:17:19 BST ed3b593e-f5b1-4598-9747-3cc3aefdbca3 <a href="/blog/living-landscapes-peru" hreflang="en"><span>The living landscapes of Peru</span></a> Discover the different landscapes, environments, cultures and histories of Peru, from the high peaks of the Andes down to the Pacific coast. Tue, 07 Sep 2021 09:23:35 BST d64dd6d9-d57b-469b-bdc1-83fb0797a521 <a href="/blog/why-did-they-move-thomas-beckets-bones" hreflang="en"><span>Why did they move Thomas Becket's bones?</span></a> Dr John Jenkins explains why the movement of Thomas Becket&#039;s bones to a new shrine on 7 July 1220 was so significant. Wed, 07 Jul 2021 12:53:06 BST c789ead9-836d-493c-8af0-d278468781d7 <a href="/blog/how-erase-saint-thomas-becket-and-henry-viii" hreflang="en"><span>How to erase a saint: Thomas Becket and Henry VIII</span></a> Over 350 years after Thomas Becket&#039;s death, his shrine was destroyed by agents of King Henry VIII. Professor Alec Ryrie investigates why. Mon, 05 Jul 2021 10:36:36 BST 6c10a891-31c3-4d80-b4f6-8303babe0261 <a href="/blog/indigenous-reframing-fall-aztec-empire" hreflang="en"><span>An Indigenous reframing of the fall of the Aztec empire</span></a> On the quincentenary of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, we explore the importance of centring Indigenous voices in research. Fri, 18 Jun 2021 04:52:17 BST 412c4a19-a25f-43df-8545-a65138ce243d <a href="/blog/lampedusa-cross" hreflang="en"><span>The Lampedusa cross</span></a> Keeper Jill Cook takes a closer look at an object in the collection which explores ideas of refuge and community. Fri, 11 Jun 2021 01:20:03 BST 592cb9fc-d86a-42e4-9a34-e47b79869378 <a href="/blog/14-my-favourite-items-british-museum-archive" hreflang="en"><span>14 of my favourite items from the British Museum Archive</span></a> Archivist Francesca Hillier reveals her favourite items from the archive, and the stories they tell about the Museum and the collection. Mon, 07 Jun 2021 02:57:58 BST 015f3a77-88a9-413e-b0e6-c7477337cca2 <a href="/blog/visiting-british-museum-family" hreflang="en"><span>Visiting the British Museum as a family</span></a> There&#039;s plenty for families to do at the Museum. We&#039;ve rounded up everything on offer onsite as well as our top picks for at-home fun. Thu, 27 May 2021 08:08:29 BST 16f28d07-8bd5-4b79-92fb-2fb027ffb76f <a href="/blog/10-questions-about-emperor-nero-and-some-curious-answers" hreflang="en"><span>10 questions about the emperor Nero… and some curious answers</span></a> The name Nero is synonymous with tyranny, but what do we really know about the infamous Roman emperor? Mary Beard searches for the truth. Mon, 24 May 2021 01:33:16 BST d8c5185b-444b-4a26-bf02-572eba23ce88 <a href="/blog/thomas-becket-and-magna-carta" hreflang="en"><span>Thomas Becket and Magna Carta</span></a> Nicholas Vincent, Professor of Medieval History, reveals a surprising link between Thomas Becket and the 1225 reissue of Magna Carta.  Fri, 21 May 2021 05:57:37 BST 33c02469-8d8f-46ed-8dfa-5b874123082f <a href="/blog/gods-and-goddesses-greek-and-roman-pantheon" hreflang="en"><span>Gods and goddesses of the Greek and Roman pantheon</span></a> Discover who’s who in the ancient Greek and Roman pantheon, through objects in the collection that reveal the stories of gods and goddess. Fri, 07 May 2021 05:01:15 BST 1ef56b52-f6cc-4dcd-9670-32d09e707634 <a href="/blog/who-killed-thomas-becket" hreflang="en"><span>Who killed Thomas Becket?</span></a> Discover more about the shocking murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170, and the perpetrators of this notorious crime. Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:42:43 BST f21038ca-7fee-4e38-8000-b8e9f5f70c65 <a href="/blog/who-was-nero" hreflang="en"><span>Who was Nero?</span></a> Nero is one of Rome&#039;s most infamous rulers, notorious for his cruelty, debauchery and eccentricity. Does history reflect the real Nero? Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:56:14 BST b7667b68-3df5-443c-8f93-a2c849904f45 <a href="/blog/queens-gambit-how-lewis-chessmen-won-world-over" hreflang="en"><span>The Queen's Gambit: how the Lewis Chessmen won the world over</span></a> The Queen’s Gambit made the world chess mad but medieval Europe was ahead of the game with what became the world’s most famous chess pieces. Tue, 16 Mar 2021 05:20:00 GMT ed0c1b36-90b6-4c09-aadf-2dab9e7e09dc <a href="/blog/secrets-x-ray-lab" hreflang="en"><span>Secrets from the X-ray lab</span></a> We journey deep underground to the Museum&#039;s X-ray lab with Scientist Dan O&#039;Flynn to take a look at six objects, seeing what can be revealed. Fri, 12 Mar 2021 04:32:16 GMT 3e6e2d14-8ead-4739-91b3-b98f2e6c2c5b <a href="/blog/pioneering-women" hreflang="en"><span>Pioneering women</span></a> Museum staff pick female pioneers in their fields. From archaeologists to printmakers, discover the stories behind these inspiring women. Mon, 08 Mar 2021 11:03:15 GMT 40d5374e-1dc6-4b4c-93e0-29b2664ace6a <a href="/blog/top-10-historical-board-games" hreflang="en"><span>Top 10 historical board games</span></a> Spanning over 5,000 years, explore ancient board games, some still played today, like Game of Ur, senet, warri, mahjong and chess. Fri, 26 Feb 2021 05:49:35 GMT ac969247-e12f-40dc-92b1-50b7ecfa0a5a