Wednesday 2 March 2016

British Museum - What's on in March

What’s on
March 2016


You can explore the splendours of ancient and medieval Sicilyin a new show opening next month! More Mediterranean marvels come to the Museum in May, as underwater archaeology takes centre stage. Book now for the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds. Also this month, be part of a discussion around the Museum’s future this Friday and discover fascinating stories about money ahead of Global Money Week.

21 Apr – 14 Aug 2016
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. This exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries. Discover a cosmopolitan island where the unique mix of peoples gave rise to an extraordinary cultural flowering.
Sponsored by Julius Baer
In collaboration with Regione Siciliana

10 May – 27 Nov 2016
Discover the remarkable relationship between the major ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece in this monumental exhibition.
Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Over the last 20 years, archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team have excavated spectacular underwater discoveries using the latest technologies.
Magnificent colossal statues and intricate gold jewellery will be seen alongside fascinating objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra and Hadrian.
Supported by BP
Until 15 May 2016
25 pairs of shoes, sandals, clogs and boots from the Islamic world.
Supported by Steven Larcombe and Sonya Leydecker
Until 22 May 2016
Discover buried treasure in this display on hoarding in prehistoric and Roman Britain.
Supported by Stephen and Julie Fitzgerald
Research funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council
The Asahi Shimbun Displays
17 Mar – 30 May 2016
Encounter the Pacific god A’a and learn about the new discoveries that are transforming our understanding of this enigmatic object.
Supported by The Asahi Shimbun
Until 14 Aug 2016
Experience 18th-century Rome through an astonishing series of watercolours not displayed together since 1805.
Until 15 Aug 2016
Learn about a little-known chapter of Indian history through a
9-metre-long Assamese textile.
Fri 4 Mar, 18.30
How should the British Museum work with partners across the UK?
This panel discussion, chaired by Dame Liz Forgan, invites the public to share their thoughts on how the British Museum works in partnership with UK museums and galleries to increase access to its collection and resources, the value this brings to local communities, and what future partnerships might look like.
The panel will feature:
• Bonnie Greer, author and playwright
• Jane Ellison, Head of Creative Partnerships, BBC
• Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp OBE, Chief Executive of The Place
• Stephen Welsh, Curator of Living Cultures at Manchester Museum
• Steve Miller, Head of Norfolk Museums Service
£5, Members/concessions £3
Mon 7 Mar, 13.30
Dr Menaka P P Bora, University of Oxford, discusses her work recreating the rare classical performance traditions of Assam.
Free, booking essential
Fri 11 Mar, 18.30
Philip de Jersey, former keeper of the Oxford University Celtic Coin Index, describes the exciting story of excavating this Celtic hoard.
£5, Members/concessions £3
Mon 14 Mar, 13.30
Fahmida Suleman, Curator of the display Life and sole: footwear from the Islamic world, talks to William (Boy) Habraken, Curator at the Shoes or No Shoes (SONS) Museum, Belgium.
Free, booking essential
Fri 18 Mar, 13.30
British Museum Scientist Caroline Cartwright explains how new insights from the Museum’s scientific research help give cultural meaning to extraordinary Mexican objects.
Free, booking essential
Fri 1 Apr, 18.30
Sir Mark Jones, former Director of the V&A Museum, discusses attitudes to fakes and faking and how they have changed over time.
£5, Members/concessions £3
This month it’s Global Money Week, and we’re celebrating with fascinating stories about money from throughout history!
This feather money is used as a form of currency in the Melanesian island group of Santa Cruz (south-east of the Solomon Islands and north of Vanuatu). This currency, known as tevau, is formed as coils resembling long belts. Their manufacture is limited to just a few specialists on one island. The value of a coil is dependent on its condition – newly made, vivid coloured examples are most valuable.
Follow us on Twitter to learn more amazing stories during Global Money Week. You can also explore the history of money from around the world in the Citi Money Gallery.
The Citi Money Gallery is supported by Citi
Celebrate Easter and all things spring-like with new gift ranges available in the British Museum shop online.
From Peter Rabbit gifts to FabergĂ© inspired chocolate eggs, there’s everything you’ll need to make the holiday special for all the family. Plus, take a look at a new jewellery range Inspired by Nature which brings together beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets embellished with flowers, leaves and natural forms.
Also this month
Barbican Centre
4 & 5 May 2016
Aboriginal theatre group Black Arm Band unveil a side to Australia seldom seen by the world. Swirling music hums in your ear and eagles soar overhead as they as they trace the path of a culture that’s survived mass persecution.
The Wallace Collection
Tue 22 Mar 2016, 18.30
Join author Aaron Rosen, Christoph Vogtherr, Director of the Wallace Collection, Revd Professor David Jasper, University of Glasgow, and Jonathan Ruffer, Chairman of Ruffer LLP and Auckland Castle Trust as they discuss this contentious topic.
31 March – 31 May 2016
Celebrate Shakespeare’s profound influence on cinema with a two-month BFI season of film, TV and special events in cinemas nationwide, on BFI Player and on DVD