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Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-10-18 18:30

We’ve been busy installing this model of an ornate Hindu chariot, known as a ‘juggernaut’, for our #LivingWithTheGods exhibition. In south India festivals are often celebrated by pulling the image of a deity on a full-sized version of one of these chariots. They travel from a temple to allow v...

British Museum Photo 2017-10-18 10:24

The Palaeolithic – literally ‘Old Stone Age’ – is the longest period of human development and adaptation, with the first stone tools made 3.3 million years ago in Kenya. This flint handaxe is around 500,000 years old and was discovered in Boxgrove, Sussex.

Join us this afternoon at 15.00 ...

Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-10-17 16:50

From the tools used by Neanderthals to the weapons and jewellery made during the Bronze and Iron Ages, we’ll be taking a trip through our early history in a series of live broadcasts with curators this week.

On Wednesday at 15.00 BST, get an introduction to the remarkable ingenuity of our ...

British Museum Photo 2017-10-16 11:35

‘The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death’

Poet and playwright Oscar Wilde was born #onthisday in 1854. Here is a scene from his play Salome illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley. http://ow.ly/FvDb30fU1SN

Silk scroll - British Museum 2017-10-15 14:30

Silk scroll: This 5-metre-long silk scroll tells the story of a fisherman who discovers a paradise where people live far from the troubles of the everyday world.

Known for his decorative blue and green style, Japanese artist Tani Bunchō painted this scene in the late 18th century. He was inspi...

British Museum Photo 2017-10-15 08:00

Roman poet Virgil was born #onthisday in 70 BC. This wooden writing-tablet is inscribed with a line from his poem the Aeneid. It was found in the commanding officer’s residence at Vindolanda, a fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England – the edge of the Roman empire. This suggests th...

Scythians: drink and drugs in ancient Siberia

Scythians: drink and drugs in ancient Siberia: The #Scythians certainly knew how to have a good time! The ancient Greeks reported they loved to drink wine, and archaeological evidence shows they smoked hemp. Curator St John Simpson explains more in this video.

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Moving a medieval log boat - British Museum 2017-10-14 08:00

Moving a medieval log boat: How do we move a 10-metre-long medieval log boat around the Museum?

This huge log boat was discovered in the 1830s. At the time it was being used as a bridge near to the River Arun in the south of England. It was made out of half an oak tree between AD 1000 and ...

BBC Radio 4 series: Living with the gods

BBC Radio 4 series: Living with the gods: A new BBC Radio 4 series presented by former British Museum Director Neil MacGregor will accompany our #LivingWithTheGods exhibition.

Tune into the series from 23 October and explore the role and expression of beliefs through time and around the world.

British Museum Photo 2017-10-13 09:11

Peacocks were symbols of beauty and courtly luxury in the Islamic world, and the birds were often allowed to wander around the gardens of noblemen. This finely decorated steel peacock was made in Iran in the 19th century. It is engraved with inscriptions, animals and princely hunting scenes. htt...
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Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-10-18 18:30

We’ve been busy installing this model of an ornate Hindu chariot, known as a ‘juggernaut’, for our #LivingWithTheGods exhibition. In south India festivals are often celebrated by pulling the image of a deity on a full-sized version of one of these chariots. They travel from a temple to allow vast crowds to glimpse the deity. This model is exceptionally detailed – the driver even holds tiny reins to control the horses. Although this is a model, it still stands over 2 metres tall! Learn more about our upcoming special exhibition and book tickets here: http://ow.ly/QQXU30fXXPD

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2017-10-18 13:00

GUN OF THE DAY - Relic Sharps Carbine Our relic GOTD was found long ago near Appomattox Court House in Virginia, an item discovered by a metal detector enthusiast checking out the remains of Confederate campsites. After the surrender in 1865, some former soldiers elected to destroy their arms and munitions rather than turn them over. The badly warped barrel of this .52 caliber Sharps breechloading was probably heated up in a fire and then wrapped around a nearby tree. #GunOfTheDay #NRAmuseums #history #guns

Photos from National Gallery's post - National Gallery 2017-10-18 11:00

See differently, and explore the visual power of black and white at our upcoming exhibition, 'Monochrome: Painting in Black and White'. Travel from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and into the 21st century, with artists such as Rembrandt, Ingres, Bridget Riley, Olafur Eliasson and Gerhard Richter leading the way. Pre-book tickets online and save: http://bit.ly/2hJvfOz The exhibition opens on 30 October, when you can also join us for a free lunchtime talk with Monochrome curators, Jennifer Sliwka and Lelia Packer. The talk will also be live streamed via our YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/2yFT9BM

British Museum Photo 2017-10-18 10:24

The Palaeolithic – literally ‘Old Stone Age’ – is the longest period of human development and adaptation, with the first stone tools made 3.3 million years ago in Kenya. This flint handaxe is around 500,000 years old and was discovered in Boxgrove, Sussex. Join us this afternoon at 15.00 BST for a #FacebookLive exploring the deep history of the various human species. Curator Beccy Scott will be looking at tools that at least four different human species used over the course of 2 million years.