🔎 Clarkson Stanfield (1793–1867), View of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau in the Pyrenees. Watercolour heightened with white over black chalk, 1851. Read more: http://ow.ly/DUNV30rw3EY
Parka coats can be found in wardrobes around the world, but did you know that parkas originated in the Arctic?
The word ‘parka’ – describing a kind of warm winter coat with a hood – derives from the Nenets language (the Indigenous Peoples of Northwest Siberia).
Not only do the Nenets live with severely cold temperatures in the high Arctic, but they also travel thousands of kilometers on sleds and snow mobiles with their reindeer – for them, parkas are absolutely essential.
Amber Lincoln, curator of our #ArcticExhibition, explores how Arctic parkas are made, how they keep you warm, and what their designs signify: http://ow.ly/cgX630rw2qE
🔎 Woman’s fancy parka made of ground squirrel fur, lined with quilted cotton and decorated with beaver, ermine and cow fur. Yup’ik. Made by Mrs James Kanuk. Mid 20th century. Kipnuk, Alaska, USA.
‘Please, sir, I want some more’ 🥣
Charles Dickens was born #OnThisDay in 1812. What’s your favourite Dickens novel? 📚📖
One of the most well-recognised authors of the Victorian period in Britain, he’s renowned for his novels about the hardships faced by the working class in Britain, which drew on his own experience of poverty as a child.
🔎 George Cruikshank (1792–1878), ‘Oliver Twist asking the master of the workhouse for more gruel’. Etching, 1838. Read more: http://ow.ly/QjVa30rvHAg
This 1903 penny is stamped with the words ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’ over the face of King Edward VII.
8.4 million UK women gained the right to vote #OnThisDay in 1918, when the Representation of the People Act received royal assent.
Although enfranchisement was subject to age and property restrictions, this was a major breakthrough in the lengthy campaign for women’s suffrage. It was not until 1928 that all women over the age of 21 received the right to vote on the same terms as men.
Read more about the women’s suffrage movement, including the history of the suffragettes at the Museum and how this particular penny came to be, here: http://ow.ly/GPfP30rtj19
Tag a friend to send them some beautiful flowers 🌷
Painted in Iran in the 1830s, this stunning illustration is part of a manuscript entitled ‘Portraits of celebrities of the Persian Court’ – an album of 26 portraits and flower studies, completed in sumptuous detail.
🔎 ‘Rose and nightingale’ from ‘Portraits of celebrities of the Persian Court’. Ink and watercolour on paper, 1837. http://ow.ly/7BJ430rttTu
Written over 4,300 years ago, this clay tablet records rations of barley given out to workmen and their children.
The rations were given out by the Temple of Bau in the ancient town of Girsu in the south of modern-day Iraq. The text tells us that adults received a ration of 30 or 40 sila (pints) per month, while children got 20.
Cuneiform is the oldest form of writing in the world, and with our blog post you can learn to write it! Curator Irving Finkel teaches you how – using just a lolly (popsicle) stick and a piece of clay: http://ow.ly/YTlJ30rvzc9
You can also buy ‘cuneiform’, written by curators Irving Finkel and Jonathan Taylor, in our online shop. We ship worldwide and every purchase supports the Museum: http://ow.ly/E9fm30rtlb7
Curator Sue Brunning gets up close with the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet as it comes out of its case for the first time in a decade 📽
To celebrate the release of #TheDig on Netflix Film, Sue has written a new blog that breaks down eight scenes from the film and compares them with real photos from the 1939 archaeological excavations at Sutton Hoo. Read here: http://ow.ly/xcZd30ruGSQ
Excite inquisitive minds with our digital learning resources for ages 7–11 – examine some of the beautiful objects found in the discovery and see what the real excavation site looked like: http://ow.ly/EKKj30ruHnu
Today is the first of #February!
The second month of the year is named after Februa – the Roman festival of purification 🌊
In this etching Februa is personified as a goddess sitting in a shell pulled by two fish representing Pisces 🐟🐟
❄Take a sleigh ride through the snow with these Arctic dogs! ❄
Find out more about life in the Arctic, and learn how to keep warm in the frozen north on our #ArcticExhibition webpage: http://ow.ly/M04C30rsEC1
The colourful displays in Room 95 make it one of the most breathtaking spaces in the Museum ⚱
Spanning more than 17 centuries of Chinese industry and art, the ceramics on display range from unique pieces made for the imperial court to mass-produced objects.
🏛 Explore the Sir David Percival Collection from the comfort of your own home – find gallery highlights, audio tours, and pay a virtual visit by dropping into the space with google street view: http://ow.ly/17r030rswgE
📸 Highlights from Room 95 – the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies.
‘Freedom is a birthright’
Mohandas #Gandhi was assassinated #OnThisDay in 1948. A pioneer of peaceful protest, he worked tirelessly for an independent India, but was killed just six months after independence was achieved.
This plate features a portrait of Gandhi, and is made from bamboo decorated with black lacquer and gold leaf. The inscriptions around the edge contain some of his sayings, written in Tamil – ‘Independence (freedom) is our birth right’, ‘Don't give room for those who try to say or do otherwise’, ‘Truth will triumph’.
🔎 Plate made of coiled split bamboo decorated in the shwe zawa technique. Myanmar (formerly Burma), 1930s–40s. Read more: http://ow.ly/yATG30rsEsY
#TheDig is available to watch on Netflix film today!
Based on the true story of the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon ship-burial at Sutton Hoo in the east of England, the film reimagines the 1939 excavations with a star-studded cast.
Curator Sue Brunning looks at eight scenes to see how the silver screen portrayal compares to the reality of the momentous historical find – read more: http://ow.ly/xcZd30ruGSQ
Dig deeper into the famous discovery with our books on the subject, or browse our selection of beautiful replicas – both available in our online shop: http://ow.ly/qrV130ru5oP
There are plenty of ways you can still explore our #TantraExhibition online.
You can find curator’s tours and blogs, catch up with online events, check out our handy ‘timeline of Tantra’, explore exhibition highlights, and much more here: http://ow.ly/A6uC30rsCqv
Our range of products inspired by Tantra, including the beautifully illustrated catalogue, are now 50% off in our online shop. We ship worldwide and every purchase supports the Museum: http://ow.ly/y25430rsCAN
📸 Inside ‘Tantra: enlightenment to revolution’
Who’s your favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ character? 🌹⏱🐰♟
This charming engraving was made after Sir John Tenniel, who created 92 drawings for the first editions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and its sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There’.
Find special editions of the books as well as ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed gifts, stationery and homeware in our online shop: http://ow.ly/BleP30rsCbM
Lewis Carroll was born #OnThisDay in 1832.
🔎 After John Tenniel (1820-1914), sheet of twelve proof images illustrating Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. Wood-engraving, 1865–1957. Read more: http://ow.ly/qZ7O30rsCeL
✨ This stunning medieval stained-glass window will be the centrepiece of our #ThomasBecket exhibition opening in April.
The six-metre-tall window is on loan for the first time from Canterbury Cathedral, and is over 800 years old. It’s one of the seven surviving ‘Miracle Windows’ that show miracles attributed to Becket after his death.
The show will follow the controversial life and death of Becket – from his humble beginnings to becoming one of the most powerful figures in England. It will chart over 500 years of history and look at Becket’s legacy in the centuries after his murder in the Cathedral in 1170.
Find out more about the story of the ‘Miracle Windows’ in this Evening Standard - Culture article: http://ow.ly/X3Tg30rudZo
Dig deeper into the life and times of Thomas Becket and find out more about the exhibition here: http://ow.ly/siLF30rttA8
🔎 (Left) Bust of the emperor Hadrian. Marble sculpture. Rome, AD 125–130. (Right) Bust of Antinous. Marble portrait head. Rome, AD 130–140.
Crisp white snowdrops and delicate crocuses bloom in frosty fields – serving as a reminder that spring is on its way 🌷
In need of some escapism? Find 13 more inspirational landscapes to lose yourself in in our blog: http://ow.ly/zOR930rrOQC
🔎 William Ward (1766–1826), ‘Snowdrops’ from ‘The Temple of Flora’. Mezzotint, 1804. Read more: http://ow.ly/cgK830rtJe9
This is an ‘amauti’ – a special kind of parka designed to carry babies and keep them warm, while freeing up a mother’s hands. The baby is carried in a pocket, ‘amaut’ in the Inuit language, just below the hood.
Read our latest #ArcticExhibition blog to learn how children stay warm in the Arctic with the help of beautiful parkas, and hear first-hand what it’s like to design and wear one with Sheila Katsak, seamstress and co-founder of the Mittimatalik Arnait Miqsuqtuit Collective: http://ow.ly/NoBa30rts7u
📽 Don’t forget while we’re closed you can take part in all our exhibition events online – see what’s coming up here: http://ow.ly/35OS30rscU9
Originating in Mesopotamia before 3,200 BC, cuneiform script is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the world.
The characteristic wedge-shaped strokes that make up the signs give the writing its modern name – cuneiform means ‘wedge-shaped’ (from the Latin cuneus for ‘wedge’).
In our latest blog, curator Irving Finkel teaches us to master the ancient script using just a lolly (popsicle) stick and a piece of clay: http://ow.ly/n4jb30rtBsw
Learn more with ‘cuneiform’, written by curators Irving Finkel and Jonathan Taylor. You can buy the book in our online shop – every purchase supports the Museum: http://ow.ly/UnLK30rtANB
🔎 The Flood Tablet. Fragment of a clay tablet with part of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Assyrian, 7th century BC. Learn more: http://ow.ly/itEh30rtz0g
Hear from contemporary artists Bharti Kher, Sutapa Biswas, Penny Slinger and Prafulla Mohanti as they explore the influence of Tantra in their work in a discussion led by Royal College of Art’s Rebecca Heald.
📽 Don’t forget you can catch up on any of our previous online events on our dedicated YouTube channel. Subscribe to watch curator’s tours, musical performances, lectures and discussions: http://ow.ly/IaNg30rrPW5
🛍 Plus, enjoy 50% off our #TantraExhibition inspired range in our online shop – we ship worldwide and every purchase supports the Museum.
🐅 How many trips must this tiger make to transport her three cubs safely across the river?
One cub is naughty, and will attack the other two if it is left alone with them – let us know if you work it out!
Although the artist Maruyama Ōkyo never saw a live tiger, he expertly captured their beauty and agility in this folding screen, painted with ink, colour and gold on paper.
Usually in Japanese art, narratives progress from right to left, but non-religious screens like this can be read more freely – following the tiger's journey back and forth across the river 🐯🌊
While we’re temporarily closed, pay a virtual visit to the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries, and discover objects ranging from ancient flame pots, through to samurai armour and contemporary manga, here: http://ow.ly/2JKG30rrymC
🔎 Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795), ‘Tigers Crossing a River’. Ink, colour and gold-leaf on paper, 1781–1782. Read more: http://ow.ly/xI2r30rt8Ly
🔔 Ring ring! There’s still time to bag a bargain in our January sale! 🛍
Save up to 50% in our online store – we’ve got books, games, homeware and jewellery inspired by the collection.
🏛 The Museum first opened to ‘all studious and curious persons’ #OnThisDay in 1759.
Since then we have welcomed over 356 million visitors – are you one of them?
Although we remain closed temporarily, we wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this year ❤
Whether you’ve visited the Museum, engaged with us online, donated, or sent messages to our teams – thank you.
📸 Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
🍽 What’s your food heaven? 🍽
Crafted from porcelain, this sculpture of beans on toast was made by ceramicist Hitomi Hosono as part of her three-dimensional manga series ‘Food Heaven, Seven Sisters Road’, which illustrates the adventures of an animated lump of porcelain clay.
The beans are painted with minutely detailed faces, alongside English and Japanese text and speech bubbles on the two slices of toast – zoom in to see the detail 👀
Also in the series are porcelain fish and chips, a kebab, black pudding and hummus – see the full set on our Collection online: http://ow.ly/iCwa30rrnHY
Trailblazing naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian died #OnThisDay in 1717.
Merian specialised in scientifically accurate depictions of plants, animals and insects, and wrote books on her findings – here are four of her works.
Which is your favourite?
She made the two-month journey to Suriname from the Netherlands in 1699 with her daughter Dorothea. While there they made extensive notes and sketches, and collected specimens for future drawings. In 1705 she published her major work on Surinamese insects.
You can see more of Merian’s sophisticated combination of art and science on our Collection online: http://ow.ly/Zpbf30rrdu2
Take a holiday from home and embark on a time-travelling trip to Persepolis – capital of the mighty Persian Achaemenid Empire around 500 BC.
In the latest instalment of our historical travel guide series, we journey back to the sprawling city with curator St John Simpson, taking in the ornamental gardens, the spectacular citadel, and the bazaar, full of exotic riches and local goods.
Horse or carriage is the preferred way of travelling as the empire is too great to see comfortably by foot, so we’d recommend packing some practical clothes for the journey – many of the men now wear trouser suits like this one – which were invented by Scythian nomads, as traditional Persian gowns are not well suited to riding 🐎
🔎 Gold votive plaque showing man wearing trousers (part of the Oxus Treasure). Tajikistan, Achaemenid period, 5th–4th century BC.
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Face to face with the Sutton Hoo helmet
Arctic dog sledding
A space to be: a musical celebration of Edmund de Waal's 'library of exile'
#ArcticExhibition curators' tour
Yupik parka | Arctic Exhibition
Inuksuk - Piita Irniq
#TantraExhibition curator's tour
The Tantric goddess Kali
'Housewives with Steak-knives' - Sutapa Biswas
‘Nunavut Qajanartuk’ (Our beautiful land)
The Grenville Jewel
✨💎 The beautiful Waddesdon Bequest Gallery houses nearly 300 Renaissance treasures, including this dazzling locket made in 17th-century England.
Take an in-depth look at every object in the gallery on our website, with hundreds of high-resolution, zoomable images: http://ow.ly/XAZA30qKFjK
Treat yourself to some treasure of your own and browse our collection inspired by the Waddesdon Bequest on our online shop: http://ow.ly/QQtN30r8OWu
🔎 ‘The Grenville Jewel’. Gold oval locket decorated with champlevé enamel, set with a sapphire, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, opals. Made in England, 1635–1640. Read more: http://ow.ly/xZ4030r8P0i
Room 2a is funded by The Rothschild Foundation
Take a closer look at the wonderful imagery and narratives contained within the famous blue-and-white designs of Ming porcelain with Curator of Chinese Ceramics Jessica Harrison-Hall.
Read more about Chinese ceramics, the Sir Percival David collection and take a tour of Room 95 here: http://ow.ly/mgMb30r8Bf0
Room 95 is The Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies
Welcome back to the British Museum!
We're open! | 27 August 2020
🎉 Our doors are open 🎉
We’re so happy to be welcoming visitors back to the Museum again!
Two million years of human history awaits – book tickets here: http://ow.ly/NNOx30r6uIp
If you can’t visit yet, don’t worry, there’s plenty to explore online. Find 11 ways you can visit the Museum virtually here: http://ow.ly/h6Th30r6uIH
The Egyptian Sculpture Gallery on Google Street View
There’s not long until we reopen, but if you can’t wait to get your culture fix we’ve got you covered.
Find 11 ways to #MuseumFromHome including podcasts, blogs, virtual galleries and audio guides here: http://ow.ly/iWDH30r4pwS
Find out more about reopening and visiting the Museum from 27 August here: http://ow.ly/3nO230r4pxV
Ancient Egyptian beer
🍻 Food historian Tasha Marks has tested out a 5,000-year-old recipe for beer from ancient Egypt – here’s a snippet from the process.
Watch the full video and learn more about ancient brewing in Tasha’s blog: http://ow.ly/HaSq30r1BTa
Imagine sipping your drink from this amber tankard😳🍺✨
The sides of this spectacular tankard are decorated with figures that represent a different vice – Pride, Gluttony, Lechery, Anger, Envy, Avarice and Sloth.
It was probably made in Königsberg (modern-day Kaliningrad, Russia) around 1640–1660.
Take an in-depth look at other objects from Renaissance Europe in the Waddesdon Bequest Gallery – enjoy hundreds of high-resolution, zoomable images available here: http://ow.ly/XAZA30qKFjK
🔎 Amber, enamel, ivory and silver lidded tankard decorated with seven ‘vices’. Probably made in Königsberg, around 1640–1660.
The Enlightenment Gallery
Rounding off today’s virtual #InternationalMuseumDay visit, we’re heading to the oldest room in the Museum – the Enlightenment Gallery.
This gallery was originally built to house King George III’s Library but now displays a huge range of objects from ‘mermen’ to money. 🎥 2019.
Step into Room 1 on Google Street View. Take a moment to get up close to the wonderful sculptures that line the space, and don’t forget to look up – the Enlightenment Gallery has a finely detailed ceiling.
Drop in here: http://ow.ly/ztZl30qGRKX
Visiting Room 33
Next up we’re heading to the longest gallery in the Museum!
You can find 1.5m years of history in the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia. Here you will find iconic Ming dynasty blue-and-white porcelain and spellbinding Indian sculpture, but also contemporary objects made in China and South Asia. 🎥 from 2019.
🏛🎧 Jane Portal, Keeper of the Department of Asia, talks you around Room 33 in our gallery introduction.
Listen on Apple Music: http://ow.ly/7N6z30qGE9D
Listen on Google Play Music: http://ow.ly/6CKL30qGE9K
The Egyptian Sculpture Gallery
🏛 Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! Today we’re taking you on a virtual visit to three galleries.
First up is the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery. Housing highlights including colossal sculpture and the Rosetta Stone, Room 4 displays more than 3,000 years of history.
Explore the Rosetta Stone in 3D, discover a timeline of ancient Egypt, and peruse the gallery via Google Street View on our website: http://ow.ly/XF1T30qFraK
Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #MuseumMomentMW – we want to hear about your favourite moments at the Musuem! 🏛
Perhaps an object left you mesmerised, a stand-out school trip inspired your studies, or a visit ignited an interest you didn’t know you had. Let us know!👇
If you need some inspiration or a bit of memory-jogging, take a look at some Museum moments from staff, Trustees and partners here: http://ow.ly/GjB430qE1x3
Or browse our Collection online to rediscover your favourites: http://ow.ly/BX1b30qE1Eg
Making a puppet from the 1700s
Make your own paper puppet from the 1700s!
Prints like this were made so the parts could be cut out and hinged together, making a toy puppet for a child to play with 🕺
Try it for yourself by printing the image from our brand-new Collection online here: http://ow.ly/df2H30hdVXF
African Rock Art VR
Travel to South Africa’s Maloti-Drakensberg mountain range and experience amazing rock art in VR – including what is sometimes known as ‘the Rosetta Stone of African rock art’: http://ow.ly/vRRF30qATiL
Find out more about our African Rock Art Project to research and catalogue this ancient artform here: http://ow.ly/EZbM30qAnO6
The Egyptian Sculpture Gallery on Google Street View
🏛📲 Don’t forget there are loads of ways you can access the Museum from home!
We’ve compiled 11 of the best here, so you can get your culture fix whenever you fancy: http://ow.ly/Kqa130qAPrB #MuseumFromHome
New! | Collection online
🏛📲 Today we’re excited to launch a major revamp of our Collection online!
We’ve been working extra hard to bring you this update early so you can #MuseumFromHome even better than before.
Access the collection digitally wherever you are – there are 4.5 million objects ready to be discovered, with nearly 1.9 million photos 📸 You can now zoom in and pan over images too, revealing amazing details.
Try searching for your favourite objects, artists or places: http://ow.ly/O46930qBlSa
10 Auspicious Symbols of Longevity hidden in a Korean landscape
There are 10 Korean symbols of longevity nestled in these mountains – can you spot them?
In the latest instalment of our Decoded series, former Curator of Korean Collections Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun walks us through a Korean landscape embroidered across 10 silk screens http://ow.ly/ZzoC30qzeVL
Celtic art in the Witham Shield
Can you spot winged water birds, hidden horses and a beautifully disguised boar in the Witham Shield?
Join curator Julia Farley as she decodes her favourite object at the Museum, and reveals animals concealed in Celtic art.
Explore the Museum from home
🏛 Discover the 11 ways you can #MuseumFromHome in our blog post: http://ow.ly/vgiV30qxhsn
We’ve got all kinds of things you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home – virtual galleries, curators’ audio introductions, a behind-the-scenes podcast, learning resources for kids, new videos and much more. Follow the link above to start your virtual visit.
🎥 on Google Street View