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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.

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.

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.

Crocodile God revealed at the British Museum

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

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.

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.

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.