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British Museum - Latest news, articles and photos


20th anniversary of the British Museum’s Great Court

For the British Museum, the relaxation of the lockdown has come just in the nick of time, for this weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Great Court.

Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum

An exhibition about the Arctic that opens with a warning that the lands you are about to visit are rapidly vanishing might sound like it’s going to be a bit of a downer, but this exhibition is really quite uplifting.

Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex

Tantra, that sex thing that people talk about, Indian isn’t it? And Sting, and 1960s flower power. And decapitations, death, skulls, covering yourself in human ashes.

Tickets Alert: Tantra and the Arctic at the British Museum

Two new exhibitions are opening soon at the British Museum, and in these covid times of restricted visitor numbers, tickets are now available.

The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum

A sculpture of an iron ship, sailing into the afterlife has appeared in the British Museum, a work of art by Grayson Perry.

The new socially distanced British Museum

The British Museum reopened last week, as society slowly returns to some semblance of normality.

British Museum makes 1.9 million images available for free

The British Museum has revamped its online collections database, making over 1.9 million photos of its collection available for free online under a Creative Commons license.

A turbulent priest appears at the British Museum

To mark the 850th anniversary of the assassination of the Thomas Becket, the British Museum has announced a major exhibition about the man, the Archbishop, the saint.

Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

In the British Museum at the moment is an exhibition about a period of German history that’s both well known, and hardly known at all – the hyperinflation of the world war periods.

See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

A document that is so rare and fragile that it can only be seen for a few weeks each year has gone on display in the British Museum.

Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum

At a time when art seems to be getting ever larger and less able to fit into private homes, there’s an exhibition of the opposite end of the spectrum, of postcards as art.

Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition

Monopoly is the famous money obsessed board game, but an exhibition now open looks at the much wider appearance of money in games, boards and otherwise.

British Museum reveals how Asia viewed Europe

Looking at how Europeans traded with Asia from the 18th century onwards, an exhibition shows how Asia viewed these strange foreigners in their homelands.

Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum

Satire, that great British tradition of puncturing the pomposity of the great and good is the topic of a new ceramics and print display at 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.

Damnation and Desecration in Imperial Rome

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

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.

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.