Museums

Hidden animals in Celtic Art | DECODED Ep 1 The Witham Shield At first glance the Witham Shield is covered in swirls and curls, maybe a cow or two. However, on closer inspection most of that swirling form is a series of birds and beasts carefully crafted by Iron Age Britons. There's ...
How to explore the British Museum from home When we first opened our
doors in 1759, we proudly declared ourselves a place for ‘all studious and
curious persons’. It’s a mission we’re still dedicated to – even if we can’t
currently welcome visitors in person. With that in ...
Rediscovering Dorothy Hawksley Dorothy Hawksley produced a varied and admired body of work and exhibited in high-profile exhibitions, but has a relatively low profile in the field of art history. The Museum has recently acquired a collection that helps shed light on her ...
Making a 9th century Iraqi lustreware bowl replica In 9th century Iraq, potters who could master the lustre technique were considered alchemists - people who could turn dull clay into something almost gold. We teamed up with ceramicist Andrew Hazelden to see if he could recreate a 9th ...
10 things you need to live in the Arctic 1. Boots
Boots are vital in the Arctic for keeping feet warm in cold temperatures and for allowing you to traverse ice and snow.
These beautiful boots are from the Gwich’in People of northern Canada and Alaska. They are made ...
What is a Japanese Living National Treasure? The British Museum has been collecting artworks made by Japanese Living National Treasures since 2007, but what is a Living National treasure and why are they so important to Japanese Cultural Heritage? In this film Nicole Rousmaniere, research director of ...
In search of Black History w/ Bonnie Greer, Olivette Otele, Miranda Lowe & Valika Smeulders To commemorate the launch of the Audible series ‘In Search of Black History’ and the start of her curated series of the events entitled 'The Era of Reclamation', British Museum Trustee Emerita, playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer OBE hosted ...
Saving Saraha: conservation of a Tibetan thangka In summer 2019, a beautiful Tibetan thangka came to the British Museum’s Hirayama studio. It was in poor condition, with light-damaged silk borders and flaking paint, so it needed to be treated by conservators before it could be displayed safely ...
What lurks under the microscope? Dust detective work On the surface of it, dust can seem like a mundane nuisance, but it’s of great interest to Scientists and Conservators who can zoom into this hidden microscopic world. Staff across the museum work together to rid the galleries and ...
Schliemann's porky pies (lies) about excavating Troy | Curator's Corner S5 Ep11 Heinrich Schliemann has been both praised and condemned for his work at Hissarlik – the archaeological site that (most) archaeologists agree is Troy.
Curator Lesley Fitton shares some unique insights into the work and mind of Schliemann, thanks to a ...
100 years of science and conservation 2020 marks 100 years since the creation of the ‘Research Laboratory’ – a space for developing and conducting scientific research and conservation on the British Museum collection. Museum staff were quick to recognise the value of the laboratory’s work and, ...
What is X-Ray Crystallography? For millennia, humans have wondered about how the building blocks of the universe fit together. In the 20th century the science of X-ray crystallography revealed our molecular world at a level previously unimaginable, far beyond the limits of the microscope.
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How and why the Trojan war started You've probably heard of the Trojan war. Of the epic battle between the Trojans and the Greeks, the latter of whom ultimately win the 10-year-war thanks to the cunning use of a massive wooden horse. But why did this war ...
How can India eradicate polio? India’s National Immunisation Days, dedicated to the fight against polio, began in 1995. Within two decades annual cases of the disease were down from over 3,000 to none. India was officially declared polio-free in 2014.
This film, made three years ...
How does an MRI machine work? What is an MRI machine and how does it work? Hit play to find out!
Invisible wounds: Living with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) This film was produced in collaboration with a small group of British military veterans from recent conflicts, who have all been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They hope to give an insight into the experience of living with ...
Troy exhibition Tread the line between myth and reality in this phenomenal new exhibition.
The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality
21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020
Book now: shorturl.at/gn345
Supported by BP
The legend of Troy has endured for more ...
Nara: sacred images from early Japan Nara, in the Yamato region of Japan, was the country’s capital from
AD 710–784 – and the cradle of traditional Japanese culture.
This special display runs in two rooms: the Asahi Shimbun Displays (Room 3) has treasures from Hōryūji, one ...
Greek pots have 'B-sides', and The Ajax and Achilles 'B-side' is a banger | Curator's Corner + Over the years many questions have been asked of the Ajax and Achilles playing dice amphora. Questions such as: 'What's on the back?' (@R. knudson, YouTube Comment, 2019) and 'COME ON, you ave to show us the back of the ...
Killing time during the Trojan War with Ajax and Achilles: Curator's Corner S5 Ep 10 When you think about the Trojan War (which we know you do a lot), you probably think about the great fight between Achilles and Hektor or maybe the MASSIVE wooden horse the Greeks used to finally defeat the Trojans after ...
Making a 3,000 year old bed I Curator's Corner Season 5 Episode 9 As part of a sub project to the British Museum's excavations in Amara West in Sudan curator Manuela Lehmann and inspector Mohamed Saad commissioned a local carpenter to make a wooden angareeb bed based on ancient fragments excavated from tombs. ...

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