British Museum

The eighteenth century: origins of the British Museum The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753). Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs. The gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum. The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the 'Old Royal Library' of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt.

What's on at British Museum

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Touch and feel Masterpieces of Nigerian art

Only this week gallery talk by Godfrey Abeshin, British Museum. For 45 minutes you will listen very ...

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  • Aug. 21, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Exhibition in British Museum - Cave non canem: Pearl, a beloved Roman dog

A gallery talk by Allison Siegenthaler, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are give...

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  • Aug. 22, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Exhibition "Henry Moore and the art of ancient Mexico"

There will be very interesting gallery talk by Elizabeth Baquedano, UCL. you may take with you your...

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  • Aug. 24, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Little feet: animal patterns

Spot different animal patterns and use tablets together to make a 3D animal model to take home. For ...

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  • Aug. 25, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Exhibition about Buddhism: from India to China

A gallery talk by Iside Carbone, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Mu...

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  • Aug. 25, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Fun family photos

Become a sailor on a galleon, a siren from the sea or a jockey on horseback. Use green screen techno...

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  • Aug. 26, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Exploring Magna Graecia

A gallery talk by David Stuttard, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given...

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  • Aug. 28, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Exhibition "A metallurgical tour through the ancient world"

Free art exhibition and presentation of it by Paul Craddock, British Museum. Discover all parts of ...

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  • Aug. 29, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Money and medals: mapping the UK's numismatic collections

A gallery talk by Henry Flynn, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Muse...

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  • Aug. 31, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Samsung Great Court games

Come to the Great Court with your family to play digital games, solve challenges and explore trails ...

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  • Sept. 1, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Ming or Qing? A focus on the porcelains of two Chinese Imperial Dynasties

A gallery talk by Anne Haworth, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given b...

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  • Sept. 1, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Build Roman Britain in Minecraft

Build a wall in Minecraft to mark the edges of your empire, or make a unique creation inspired by th...

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  • Sept. 2, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Ancient Persia: Who are Zoroastrians?

A gallery talk by Diana Driscoll, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given...

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  • Sept. 4, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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What is Europe? Views from Asia

A gallery talk by Mary Ginsberg and Michael Raymond, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. ...

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  • Sept. 5, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Little feet: explore Egypt

Explore Ancient Egypt in this creative and engaging session using sight, sound, smell and touch. Hel...

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  • Sept. 7, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
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Prints and Prejudice: the graphic art of C.R.W. Nevinson

A gallery talk by Jennifer Ramkalawon, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given...

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  • Sept. 7, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Members' early morning viewing of

Members can book to visit the exhibition before normal opening hours. History, as somebody wise on...

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  • Sept. 8, 2018, 9 a.m.
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Explore Egyptian mummies

Find out what it's like to be a British Museum scientist and uncover the secrets of the ancient Egyp...

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  • Sept. 8, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Tales of magic and adventure from the scribes of ancient Egypt

A gallery talk by George Hart, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by...

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  • Sept. 8, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Stone Age animation

Animate animals that were carved thousands of years ago by prehistoric people. Use stop-motion softw...

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  • Sept. 9, 2018, 11 a.m.
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Members' late night viewing of

Members can book to visit the exhibition after normal opening hours. History, as somebody wise onc...

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  • Sept. 10, 2018, 6 p.m.
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Rejecting Greek Gods

A gallery talk by Vesta Curtis, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Mus...

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  • Sept. 11, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Art inspired by archaeology

A gallery talk by Hilary Williams, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by ...

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  • Sept. 12, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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A not-so Innocent Abroad: Mark Twain in the Middle East’

In this lecture Rupert Chapman (formerly British Museum) will discuss how in 1867 the PEF began its ...

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  • Sept. 13, 2018, 4 p.m.
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Global encounters in the Nicobar Islands

A gallery talk by Dr Sarah Longair, University of Lincoln. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are g...

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  • Sept. 14, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Looking at Hindu sculpture

A gallery talk by John Reeve, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by...

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  • Sept. 15, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Animals as art in ancient Egypt

A gallery talk by Carol Andrews, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given ...

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  • Sept. 18, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and the Objecting Women of Athens

A gallery talk by David Stuttard, independent speaker. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given...

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  • Sept. 19, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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Little feet: riotous rainbows

So many wonderful colours to explore! Help create a bright rainbow, dress the teddies in colourful f...

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  • Sept. 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
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Small acts: politics, publicity and humour of defaced currency

A gallery talk by Ben Alsop, British Museum. Gallery talks last 45 minutes. They are given by Museum...

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  • Sept. 21, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
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International Peace Day with One Day One Choir

Celebrating International Peace Day, One Day One Choir join the Museum for an exciting series of liv...

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  • Sept. 21, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
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