Postcard showing the Egyptian Sculpture gallery in the British Museum, looking to the northwest.

Event information

1 Feb 2021


Online event


Please note this is an online event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

These events are free however donations are greatly appreciated.

Not a Member?

Find out about Membership benefits.

Curator Irving Finkel offers a reflective illustrated lecture about the Museum at a strange time in its history.

A British-trained Philologist and Assyriologist, Finkel was appointed curator in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities (now Middle East) in 1979 and has been here, gratefully, ever since. He is currently the Assistant Keeper for Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures.

In this special online Membership event, Irving will consider what he believes has made the British Museum so special.

To attend this online event

Join the discussion from 18.15 on Monday 1 February. We're hosting the event on Zoom, a free video conferencing system.

Once you've accessed this event, one of the Membership team will be ready to greet you and explain how to ask questions and take part. After the initial presentation and discussion, we'll be inviting questions from the audience.

Before the meeting, if you have any queries relating to the event or need any help, please email us at

Places are limited but the event will be recorded and circulated shortly afterwards in a Members' email.

About the speaker

Dr Irving Finkel is Curator of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East at the British Museum. He earned his BA and PhD in Assyriology from Wilfrid Lambert at the University of Birmingham, and was Research Assistant to Miguel Civil at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. He curates the Museum's collection of over 130,000 cuneiform tablets. As a renowned Assyriologist and philologist, Irving is famous for his study of a cuneiform clay tablet which contains a Flood narrative, close to the story of the Biblical Flood and the story of Noah's Ark. He explores this in his 2014 book, The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood.