Articles https://www.britishmuseum.org/ en <a href="/blog/preserving-papyrus-caring-4000-year-old-documents" hreflang="en"><span>Preserving papyrus: caring for 4000-year-old documents</span></a> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/preserving-papyrus-caring-4000-year-old-documents 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/page-turners-literature-ancient-egypt 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/introduction-art-paper-1960-hamish-parker-collection 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/children-rashid 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/enter-intriguing-world-artists-books 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/can-you-crack-code 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/delicious-decadence-persian-sweets 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/celebrating-pride-youth-collective 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/confluence-stories 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/eureka-finding-key-ancient-egypt 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/feminine-power-welcoming-new-goddess-kali-icon 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/queen-elizabeth-ii-and-british-museum 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/caring-only-known-full-kakapo-feather-cloak-world 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/conserving-beiruts-shattered-glass 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/emerging-artist-jake-grewal-importance-drawing 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/creation-narratives-and-feminine-power 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/pagan-perspective-feminine-power-divine-demonic 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/art-seahenge 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/here-comes-sun-stonehenge-and-summer-solstice 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/decade-skills-future-traineeships 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/introduction-goddess-childrens-book-celebrating-feminine-power 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/introduction-feminine-power 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/art-crisis-identifying-and-returning-looted-objects 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/object-journeys-working-kiribati-community-uk 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/conserving-durers-triumphal-arch-coming-apart-seams 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/how-was-stonehenge-built 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/hokusai-and-great-picture-book-everything-latest-research 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/researching-lgbtq-connections-south-asia-collection 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/issam-kourbaj-dark-water-burning-world 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/introduction-stonehenge 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/ancient-healthcare-fit-king 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/who-were-nasca 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/gaverne-bennetts-highlight-objects-african-kingdoms-timeline 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/whats-british-museum-2022 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/living-landscapes-peru 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/why-did-they-move-thomas-beckets-bones 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/how-erase-saint-thomas-becket-and-henry-viii 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/indigenous-reframing-fall-aztec-empire 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/lampedusa-cross 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/14-my-favourite-items-british-museum-archive 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/visiting-british-museum-family 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/10-questions-about-emperor-nero-and-some-curious-answers 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/thomas-becket-and-magna-carta 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/gods-and-goddesses-greek-and-roman-pantheon 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/who-killed-thomas-becket 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/who-was-nero 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/queens-gambit-how-lewis-chessmen-won-world-over 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/secrets-x-ray-lab 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/pioneering-women 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> https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/top-10-historical-board-games 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