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Bonnie Greer: what we have saved from the fire 6pm, 4 April 1968.
I was styling my hair in the bathroom mirror.
This was when Black girls and women made monthly trips to the hairdressers so that we had hair like Twiggy or Rita Hayworth. This involved a concoction ...
A brief history of DIY from a curator's shed Join Curator Ben Russell as he looks at the history of DIY, from some of the earliest techniques used to a glimpse into the future of home improvements.
Discover more about DIY through items in the Science Museum Group Collection ...
Virtual visit: London landmarks If you’re hankering for a holiday or musing over a mini-break, the Museum’s collection of prints and drawings might be able to help. Explore some of London’s landmarks from the comfort of your own home, and enjoy a spot of ...
Historical city travel guide: Athens, 5th century BC Location
The city of Athens lies in the plain of Attica, the large peninsula that forms the southernmost tip of the Greek mainland, jutting out into the Aegean Sea. Being sheltered on all sides by mountains, the city has a ...
Vikings: Live from the British Museum The Vikings are coming... again! In 2014 we followed on from the success of Pompeii Live with another live broadcast- this time from the exhibition Vikings: life and legend. Here is that broadcast, presented by Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood, ...
Historical city travel guide: Edo (Tokyo), early 19th century Location
Edo in the early 1830s is a bustling city of more than a million people. It is by far the largest city in Japan, and, although few of its residents know it, one of the largest cities in the ...
Pompeii Live from the British Museum In 2013 we broadcast live from our blockbuster exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. This 90 minute broadcast presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow includes interviews with Rachel De Thame, Giorgio Locatelli and Mary Beard.
Please be ...
Polishing a bronze telescope mirror I Shaping Science episode 6 Polishing piece of bronze is more complicated than you might think. Especially when it's a telescope mirror. Mirror maker Terry Kubecki Pearce uses an historical technique to create a replica telescope mirror similar to the one William Hershel used to ...
Ancient Egyptian coffins and mystery of ‘black goo’ Djedkhonsiu-ef-ankh lived and died almost 3,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. We don’t know a lot about Djedkhonsiu-ef-ankh’s life, but we do know he was a priest in the temple of Amun at Karnak. Here he had two main roles ...
Historical city travel guide: Rome, 1st century AD Location
Rome in Latium, central Italy, is the capital of the Roman Empire. The great city is said to have been founded by Romulus, who was raised with his brother Remus by a she-wolf. He was a descendant of the ...
How to make a telescope mirror I Shaping Science episode 5 Artist and foundry owner Necole Schmitz casts a specular mirror for a telescope using a specially alloyed high tin bronze. Find out more about crafting telescopes in our blog post: https://blog.sciencemuseum.org.uk/looking-at-the-mirror/
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The Great Wave: spot the difference The print Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura) by Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), better known as ‘The Great Wave’ is famous throughout the world. First published in 1831, the woodblock print has inspired generations of artists – one ...
Historical city travel guide: Nineveh, 7th century BC Location
The city of Nineveh has recently undergone extensive development to become the new capital of the mighty Assyrian empire. It is now a vast metropolis surrounded by massive walls some 12 kilometres in length that encompass an area of ...
How to make a replica sundial I Shaping Science episode 4 Watch master engraver Angus McFadyen takes you through the process of engraving a replica sundial.
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