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See the oldest portrait in the British Museum
See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

See the oldest portrait in the British Museum

At around 9,500 years old, a plaster covered human skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum, and it's currently on display.

Feb
07
2017
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome
Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

Modern collectors may prize perfect specimens of Roman coins, but ancient Roman rulers were keener on defacing them.

Dec
24
2016
Southeastern Asia Puppets Shown off in the British Museum
Southeastern Asia Puppets Shown off in the British Museum

Southeastern Asia Puppets Shown off in the British Museum

A new display has opened in the British Museum, of puppets from Southeast Asia - and its probably the first time many of the objects have gone on public display.

Sep
15
2016
British Museum’s Buried Treasure goes on display
British Museum’s Buried Treasure goes on display

British Museum’s Buried Treasure goes on display

A small side room in the British Museum is currently hosting a rare collection of buried treasure -- a display of buried hoards.

Feb
15
2016
The longest surviving Vrindavani Vastra goes on display
The longest surviving Vrindavani Vastra goes on display

The longest surviving Vrindavani Vastra goes on display

A vast 17th century cloth from India has gone on display in the British Museum, filling an entire wall of the gallery.

Feb
10
2016
A feast of gold at the British Museum
A feast of gold at the British Museum

A feast of gold at the British Museum

In 1898, one of Britain's richest men died, and part of his legacy, a vast confection of antiquities was donated to the British Museum, which has now put them on display in a dedicated space.

Feb
07
2016
Crocodile God revealed at the British Museum
Crocodile God revealed at the British Museum

Crocodile God revealed at the British Museum

In ancient temples did crocodiles dwell, worshiped and admired, until mighty Egypt fell.

Feb
03
2016
Japanese Manga at the British Museum
Japanese Manga at the British Museum

Japanese Manga at the British Museum

A small display of the work by three of Japan's leading contemporary manga artists is currently running at the British Museum.

Oct
25
2015
The Dr Who branded £10 bank note
The Dr Who branded £10 bank note

The Dr Who branded £10 bank note

There sits inside the British Museum a collection of banknotes and coinage -- and an exceptionally rare Doctor Who branded banknote.

Jul
04
2015
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display
200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

200 year old satires about Napoleon Bonaparte on display

If you think modern political satires are cruel at times, take a journey back 200 years for the crass display of bodily functions as satire was not just normal, but applauded when applied to the enemy.

Mar
01
2015
Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum
Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

Emperor Maximilian’s triumphal arch at the British Museum

A massive triumphal arch is on display in the British Museum at the moment, but unlike the grand stone arches dotted around Imperial cities, this one is made of paper.

Nov
02
2014
Witches at the British Museum
Witches at the British Museum

Witches at the British Museum

As we approach Halloween, the British Museum has put on an exhibition of witches and wicked bodies as shown throughout history.

Oct
26
2014
Museum Meals – The British Museum
Museum Meals – The British Museum

Museum Meals – The British Museum

Popping into the British Museum to have a look at a new exhibition and feeling peckish, I considered which of two options could be tried out. The main restaurant, or the canteen style offerings that fill the back end of the Great Court.

Oct
20
2014
Seagulls on the roof of the British Museum
Seagulls on the roof of the British Museum

Seagulls on the roof of the British Museum

A bizarre sight at the weekend as a load of seagulls seem to have taken a liking to the front part of the British Museum's glass roof.

Jul
09
2014
A new gallery opens at the British Museum
A new gallery opens at the British Museum

A new gallery opens at the British Museum

The British Museum has been refurbishing one of its galleries, and it has just opened to the public. Away with the tired old carpets and the gloomy oppressive cabinets cluttered up with as much as possible.

Mar
29
2014
80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station
80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station

80th anniversary of the closure of the British Museum tube station

On this morning 80 years ago, just after midnight, a tube station closed its doors for the very last time, and a few hours later, two new platforms came into use at another station just a couple of hundred yards away.

Sep
25
2013
Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery
Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery

Photography forbidden in the British Museum’s Islamic Gallery

If you enter the British Museum by its back entrance, then as you pass through the foyer usually full of tourist groups and school children to get to the exhibitions, you might be forgiven for not noticing that there is a side door here that leads to a rather good display room.

Jul
30
2013
A second propaganda exhibition in London
A second propaganda exhibition in London

A second propaganda exhibition in London

The British Library is not alone in devoting space to the dark arts of propaganda this summer, as the British Museum also has a display -- based on the same concept, but the two displays compliment rather than overlap.

Jul
09
2013
Pompeii comes to the British Museum
Pompeii comes to the British Museum

Pompeii comes to the British Museum

A smidgen under 2,000 years ago, a volcano erupted in Italy and within a day had immortalized the local residents in history. Two towns, of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried under the volcanic fury and lay there virtually untouched until the 1750s.

Mar
26
2013
A room full of China in the British Museum
A room full of China in the British Museum

A room full of China in the British Museum

Of the many rooms in museums, it is often the ones lurking in corners unseen by most visitors that offer an oasis of sadly overlooked calm.

Feb
07
2013