International women collectors Between the 19th century and the present day, many women collected objects during their travels around the world and either donated or sold this material to the British Museum. In this post, I look at four exceptional women who travelled ... The British Museum Blog
A Vodou drum at the British Museum Gerdès Fleurant describes the significance of this type of drum in Haitian Vodou practices. Vodou, the science of universal knowledge, and a ritual practice that comes from West Africa, influences all aspects of life in Haitian society. Such influence is ... The British Museum Blog
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Why a robot might crawl through your body
This four millimetre long robot was designed by the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems to move through the human body. It can walk, roll, swim, jump and even carry cargo and may be used in minimally invasive surgery or ... Science Museum
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Haiti and Toussaint Louverture: the response must be a remix I cannot recall when exactly I learned the revolutionary leader Toussaint Bréda had added Louverture to his name, declaring himself the opening. Undeniably, he was an avant-garde of Black freedom, and events in Haiti would turn into a contagion spreading ... The British Museum Blog
The virtual human project
The virtual human project has the potential to transform medicine. The project is already helping to reduce the need for animals in drug testing. In the long term, a virtual version of you will be used test treatments, like a ... Science Museum
Visualising Toussaint Louverture In the second half of the 18th century, Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was France’s richest colony. Sugar, coffee, cotton and indigo produced by the enslaved population made a significant contribution to the wealth of France. Although resistance to slavery – through ... The British Museum Blog
This prosthetic hand lets you play the piano
This revolutionary prosthetic hand lets you play the piano. It was developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology together with musician Jason Barnes who lost his arm in a workplace accident.
Thanks to an ultrasound sensor, the prosthesis allows finger-by-finger ...
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Tim Peake talks about his spacesuit
British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake discusses the Sokol KV-2 emergency spacesuit he wore during his launch to the International Space Station and return to Earth. This historic object is now part of the Science Museum Group Collection.

Tim's suit is ...
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Rembrandt’s depictions of women 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) was a keen observer of the natural world. While contemporary artists idealised the world around them in their art, Rembrandt’s prints and drawings reveal a fascination with depicting unmediated reality. Rembrandt’s representation of ... The British Museum Blog
Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures is our first major music festival. Over two weeks (16 to 29 April), the festival celebrates and questions Europe’s cultural interactions with the world, through a diverse range of music performances and ... The British Museum Blog
The Hindu festival of Holi The Hindu festival of Holi is a colourful and vibrant celebration of the arrival of spring. It is celebrated across India and Nepal, and among the Hindu diaspora around the world. The three main myths associated with Holi involve the ... The British Museum Blog
World’s earliest figural tattoos discovered on 5,000-year-old mummies Dating to between 3351 to 3017 BC, tattoos of animals and motifs have been discovered on two naturally mummified bodies from Egypt. Using infrared technology, figural tattoos of a wild bull and a sheep were identified on the upper arm ... The British Museum Blog
The British Museum Membercast: Transforming a gallery Stiff competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents ... The British Museum Blog
How clocks work (in 5 easy steps) Old clocks and watches are fascinating even without knowing how they work, but just a simple explanation provides a much deeper appreciation. The timekeeping function of mechanical timekeepers can be explained as just five elements: 1. Energy source All machines, ... The British Museum Blog

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