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The private collector who made the British Museum

James Delbourgo’s witty new biography of physician-collector Hans Sloane portrays a flawed yet fascinating man


Robert Pattinson Spotted ‘Holding Hands’ With Mystery Blonde After FKA Twigs Split

Moving on? <b>Robert Pattinson</b> was spotted with a mystery blonde woman after his split from <b>FKA twigs</b>, a source exclusively tells <i>Us Weekly</i>.<p>The <i>Twilight</i> …

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Art Industry News: Scandal Brews Over an Art School’s Multimillionaire Leader + More Must-Read Stories

Art World<p>Plus, comedian Hannibal Buress gets arrested during Miami art week and editors resign over Jens Hoffmann accusations.<p>,<p><i>Art Industry News is a</i> …


Caryl Churchill pens anti-BP Christmas carol for arts sponsorship protest

Caryl Churchill has contributed to the rewriting of several Christmas carols that were performed at the British Museum by a 100-strong group of …


Picture books for children reviews – tinselly tales for a child’s Christmas

From Quentin Blake’s Scrooge to Judith Kerr’s new cat Katinka and beyond, picture book present ideas abound this Christmas<p><b>A Christmas Carol</b> by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Quentin Blake (Pavilion £14.99), is an uplifting version of Dickens’s classic, bound in scarlet, with which to get Christmas …


Acquisition and Empire: On James Delbourgo’s “Collecting the World”

THE COLLECTOR Hans Sloane was born in Ulster in 1660, part of a family that served as stewards and gamekeepers for their aristocratic cousins. Unable …


A physicians cabinet

This small display brings together an array of prints, drawings and objects, all related to medicine, that were collected by the founder of the …


Lab notes: raise a glass to your ear and hail the dinosaur swan

This week’s biggest stories<p>It lived about 71m years ago, had a swan-like neck, razor-sharp “killer claws” and a duck-billed snout and was about the size of a mallard, with a long tail and longer legs. This ‘very weird’ creature (not my words, that’s an actual scientist’s description there) is …

Vincent Van Gogh

In pictures: 14 objects that bring China and South Asia's rich cultural history to life

Ancient History

Apocalypses are more than the stuff of fiction — First Nations Australians survived one

There is a shield in the British Museum, taken by Cook on his 1770 landing in the place he named Botany Bay, in what was to become New South …


The Louvre’s sister museum in Abu Dhabi just scored a major coup

The buyer of the most expensive piece of art ever sold at auction—Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”—is no longer a mystery. The New York Times reported that Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al Saud was the person who foot the $450.3 million price tag for the masterpiece at the …


The Best Ways to Enjoy a Solo Trip to London

By Steph on December 6, 2017 in Europe, UK with 0 Comments<p>If you are tired of the monotony of daily life and want an adventurous break, why not head …


Bettany Hughes on warrior women

Boudicca was one furious woman. Roman sources tell us that to intimidate this native Briton and the Iceni tribe of whom she was leader, the order was …


Successful counter-terrorism efforts made Pakistan opportune destination for UK businessmen: PM

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (APP):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said that owing to government’s efforts,<br>Pakistan had become surplus in energy, …


These Are the Most Instagrammed Museums of 2017

Selfie, selfie, in the feed—which institutions did users of the popular photo sharing site tag as the fairest of all?<p>Comment on this Story


Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museum

Victorian explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to see<p>Comment on this Story


Sweeping Mumbai Exhibition Tells the Story of India, With Help From the British Museum

‘India and the World’ features 124 loans from London and 104 objects from institutions across India<p>Comment on this Story


Supreme Court hears arguments in claim against Iranian antiquities

Can a collection of Persian antiquities held at a Chicago museum be used to pay damages to the American victims of a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem? …


British Museum to move storage to Reading

A large part of the British Museum’s vast study collection will be moved to Reading within six years, it was announced on Friday (1 December). The …


Coin-laden pot and rare pendant among British Museum’s record haul

There were 1,120 treasure finds in 2016, the highest number since the revised Treasure Act came into law 20 years ago<p>A glorious jewel made from hundreds of tiny pieces of garnet set in gold to form geometric and animal shapes lay for 1,400 years on the breast of an unknown woman until her Norfolk …


The Cyrus Cylinder

Object type<p>Museum number<p>90920<p>Title (object)<p>The Cyrus Cylinder<p>Description<p>The Cyrus cylinder: clay cylinder; a Babylonian account of the conquest of …

Ancient History

The Gray Market: Why America Might Not Need Another All-Star Biennial (and Other Insights)

Art World<p>A critical take on biennial bloat as Kansas City dreams big and the most Instagrammed museums in the world.<p>,<p><i>Every Monday morning, artnet</i> …

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Saira Peter’s musical tribute to M.A. Jinnah at British Museum, London

ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (APP):British Pakistani Sufi Opera Singer Saira Peter presented national songs and cheered up the ceremony of unveiling …


On This Day In History: Chaldean Account Of The Deluge Translated And Presented For The First Time - On Dec 3, 1872

Share this:<p><b> –</b> <b>On December 3, 1872,</b> a translation from Babylonian cuneiform tablets of the Chaldean account of the deluge was read by …


7 evocative images from the Golden Age of Exploration that will make you want to travel

Authors Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert scoured library archives and private collections to collate these evocative images from the early days of …

Women in Science

11 Cauldrons Found at Iron Age Settlement in England

The cauldrons, most of which were buried in a circle, appear to have been used in ceremonial feasts<p>Comment on this Story


Room 62-63: Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies

Mummy case and portrait of Artemidorus around AD 100-120<p>Mummy of a cat perhaps 1st century AD<p>Inner coffin of the priest Hornedjitef 3rd century …


Why the lion is art’s most powerful symbol

Images of the fierce animal are so commonplace in art as to be overlooked. Alastair Sooke explores the meaning of this enduring icon.<p>Anyone who has visited Trafalgar Square in London will know that tourists tend to gravitate to one feature above all others: the set of four enormous bronze lions, …


When worlds collide: the lesson of the great auk

Great auks were once common in the waters of the North Atlantic.<p>The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reports that the birds …

UK Universities

Revealed: The world's most Instagrammed places in 2017

New York, London and Paris - as well as Birmingham, Britain’s unsung second city, and four Disney park locations - were among the most popular spots captured on Instagram this year.<p>The latest survey by the photo-sharing app revealed the Big Apple was the most-posted city in the world, followed by …