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British Museum will return bronze artifacts looted from Benin kingdom nearly two centuries ago

The British Museum will host a summit along with other European museums to discuss the return of bronze artifacts looted in 1897 from the kingdom of Benin, now southern Nigeria.<p>The museum boasts the second largest collection of art from the Benin kingdom after the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. It …

Archaeology

Politics and paradise

This display is part of the Museum’s contribution to the India–UK Year of Culture 2017. It looks at the popular print culture of India from the 1880s …

History

British Museum exhibition to showcase communist currencies

Museum will mark 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution, with posters, medals and banknotes carrying ‘glorious designs’<p>They are banknotes that show cheerful farm workers, enthusiastic soldiers and committed intellectuals as well as foundries, factories, fields, dams, lorries, railways and guns – …

Culture

Nigeria: European Museums Plan Summit On Return of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Benin bronze.<p>A bronze sculpture of a cockerel that adorned a Cambridge University dining room is among a huge haul of looted antiquities that may now …

Africa

European Museums to Return Benin Relics to Nigeria?

The British Museum will take part in a European summit to discuss the return of art seized from the Benin kingdom, now part of southern Nigeria, by a …

Nigeria

Haida Gwaii artist gets international attention with works at Met and British Museum

Michael Yahgulanaas tries to make his art accessible to wider audiences by bringing sense of fun<p>An artist from Haida Gwaii is getting high-profile …

British Columbia

The power of patronage at the Great Shrine of Amaravati

The Asahi Shimbun Display <i>Virtual pilgrimage: reimagining India’s Great Shrine of Amaravati</i> focuses on a double-sided relief from a shrine in …

Archaeology

Salt cellar

Origin: German, perhaps Augsburg; no marks; end of 16th century, with modern additions dating from before 1857.<p>Marks: None, except for a contemporary …

History

Father and son who stumbled across Bronze Age hoard in County Durham in talks with British Museum

They discovered the ancient objects while combing an area between Barnard Castle and Bowes in July last year.<p>David, 62, said: “We were in a reeded …

Archaeology

Sixteen-Plate Helmet | Tibetan | The Met

The classic and most recognizable type of Tibetan helmet consists of eight overlapping plates joined by leather laces. This helmet is a much rarer …

Art Museums

British Museum first to showcase interactive display with wifi link

Smartphone technology used to bring to life story of woman who donated carving to Indian Buddhist shrine 2,000 years ago<p>Even in a giant high-resolution image at the British Museum, the inscription on a slab of limestone carved almost 2,000 years for a major Buddhist shrine in India is barely …

Culture

Events - Special event - Eye on Kiribati culture: an Object Journeys special event

Come and enjoy and evening of dance, music and talks celebrating the new Kiribati Object Journeys project.<p>Kiribati is an island nation in the central …

History

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell

<b>A sell-out exhibition at the British Museum has proved once again the popularity of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose Great Wave is said to be the world's most reproduced image. One mural in south London was nearly wiped out when a drug lab exploded next door, but as Alex Marshall explains,</b> …

Mount Fuji

Get Up Close and Personal with the Rosetta Stone Thanks to Incredible 3D Model Now Online

The Rosetta Stone is one of the British Museum‘s top attractions, but its popularity—and location in a glass case—can make it difficult to examine the historical artifact closely. Now, the museum has placed a 3D model of the Rosetta Stone online, allowing people around the world to get up close and …

Archaeology

Greek MEP demands Elgin Marbles become part of Brexit negotiations

Greek politicians are campaigning for the Elgin Marbles to be returned to Athens as part of the Brexit negotiation between Britain and the European Union.<p>Stelios Kouloglou, a member of the European Parliament for the governing hard-left Syriza party, claims that EU treaty law means that the …

Brexit

Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy review: an intriguing new perspective on the artist's work

This fascinating show looks at Matisse’s work through the prism of collected objects from around the world. “The object is an actor,” explains the …

Art

British Museum adds 3D scan of Rosetta Stone to Sketchfab digital collection

One of the most important and iconic language artifacts in the world is now viewable in three dimensions. Thanks to the efforts of a team of digital …

Archaeology

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

A bestiary is a kind of encyclopedia featuring a compilation of descriptions of animals, beasts – and sometimes even rocks. In England, they were …

Museums

What's on

What’s on<p>Special exhibitions<p>14 September 2017 – 14 January 2018<p>Families<p>Free digital workshops every weekend<p>Including trails, backpacks, object …

Museums

3D Scans of 7,500 Famous Sculptures, Statues & Artworks: Download & 3D Print Rodin’s Thinker, Michelangelo’s David & More

Last week we featured the British Museum's archive of downloadable 3D models of over 200 richly historical objects in their collection, perhaps most …

Art

British Museum Now Offers 3D Printed Replicas of Parts of Its Collection

Inspired by the work of University College London and its 3D printing project MicroPasts, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the …

Museums

Theme park with giant ice cream tree named one of Britain's top attractions

As some of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, the likes of The British Museum, Tate Modern and the National Gallery have long drawn millions of visitors from around the world.<p>But these internationally recognised sites now have a rival - a little known family run theme park in deepest …

London

Make Manga at the British Museum

The British Museum in London is running a number of workshops for children this month, including two “<b>Make a Manga Comic</b>” workshops this Saturday, …

Museums

CWRU and Boulevard Arts announce release of virtual reality art museum HoloLens app

CLEVELAND, August 1, 2017 -- Case Western Reserve University and New York-based Boulevard Arts today announced availability of a free new app in the …

Museums

Here Is Some Medieval Unicorn Beauty Inspo from a British Museum Curator

Unicorns have eaten the beauty industry alive. But what can the experts on antiquity teach us about these magical beasts?<p>In this video via Mental …

Museums

print study / drawing

Object type<p>Museum number<p>1910,0212.276<p>Description<p>Richmond, Yorkshire; a woman walking with two dogs on a gently sloping hillside, a river below her …

History

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – View and Print Museum Artifacts in 3D

It doesn’t replace the experience of being inside the museum, but The British Museum’s 3D objects collection and X 3D from Smithsonian gives students …

Museums

Watch a British Museum Curator Explain How to Catch Unicorns | Mental Floss

In the video below, British Museum curator Naomi Speakman explains medieval bestiaries, with a focus on unicorns. The mythical unicorn has an …

Cool Stuff

Events - Digital workshop - Folding fans

Design your own Japanese-inspired folding fan on digital tablets, based on examples in the Museum.<p>Apply your design then fold your own to take …

History