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❄Is there #snow near you? We’re heading to the mountains for some fresh air and scenic views, courtesy of British artist...
09/02/2021

❄Is there #snow near you?

We’re heading to the mountains for some fresh air and scenic views, courtesy of British artist Clarkson Stanfield 🏞

Here we’re looking out towards the snow-capped Pic du Midi d'Ossau in the Pyrenees.

Find 13 more landscapes to lose yourself in here: http://ow.ly/w6RJ30ruHUV #MuseumFromHome

🔎 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 ‘...
08/02/2021

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? 📚📖 O...
07/02/2021

‘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...
06/02/2021

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

🔎 Defaced penny, 1903. © Crown copyright

Tag a friend to send them some beautiful flowers 🌷Painted in Iran in the 1830s, this stunning illustration is part of a ...
05/02/2021

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.

See them all online: http://ow.ly/2uOX30rttUf

🔎 ‘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 ra...
04/02/2021

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

🔎 Clay tablet recording distribution of barley rations. Girsu, 2351–2342 BC. Read more: http://ow.ly/r0fu30rv8P4

02/02/2021
Face to face with the Sutton Hoo helmet

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 ...
01/02/2021

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 🐟🐟

🔎 After: Edward Francis Burney (1760–1848), ‘February’. Etching, 1807. Read more: http://ow.ly/Zuy730rtgoQ

31/01/2021
Arctic dog sledding

❄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 centu...
30/01/2021

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 ...
30/01/2021

‘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-bur...
29/01/2021

#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, catc...
27/01/2021

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 c...
27/01/2021

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. ...
26/01/2021

✨ 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

Supported by

The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation

The Ruddock Foundation for the Arts

Jack Ryan and Zemen Paulos

📸 © The Chapter, Canterbury Cathedral.

The Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous are depicted in these marble busts, made in the second century AD. Find...
24/01/2021

The Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous are depicted in these marble busts, made in the second century AD.

Find out more about their relationship in our audio commentary: http://ow.ly/F7dP30rtLU0

Hadrian was born #OnThisDay in AD 76.

🔎 (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...
23/01/2021

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 h...
22/01/2021

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

🔎 Andrew Qappik, There's Another One, 2012. Coloured stencil drawing. © Andrew Qappik.

Originating in Mesopotamia before 3,200 BC, cuneiform script is, as far as we know, the oldest form of writing in the wo...
21/01/2021

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 influe...
20/01/2021

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.

Join us tomorrow at 15.00 GMT – book your free place here: http://ow.ly/oxAo30rrQOJ

📽 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.

Shop now: http://ow.ly/QKpa30rrQR8

🐅 How many trips must this tiger make to transport her three cubs safely across the river? One cub is naughty, and will ...
18/01/2021

🐅 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 bo...
17/01/2021

🔔 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.

Don’t forget we ship worldwide and every purchase supports the Museum. Start shopping: http://ow.ly/zkJl30rsPxs

🔎 Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508–1585), silver bell decorated with animals, insects and plants. Nuremberg, around 1550. http://ow.ly/VdmT30rsN3v

Octavian was given the title Augustus by the Senate #OnThisDay in 27 BC, paving the way for him to become the first empe...
16/01/2021

Octavian was given the title Augustus by the Senate #OnThisDay in 27 BC, paving the way for him to become the first emperor of Rome.

This bronze head of Augustus was made shortly afterwards, between 27–25 BC.

This object is one of Trustee Mary Beard’s top five objects in the collection – read why here: http://ow.ly/Q5W130rskNG

🔎 ‘The Meroë Head’. A bronze head of Augustus. Roman, 27–25 BC. http://ow.ly/uxmb30rrbfK

🎂🎉Today is our 262nd birthday! 🎉🎂🏛 The Museum first opened to ‘all studious and curious persons’ #OnThisDay in 1759. Sin...
15/01/2021

🎂🎉Today is our 262nd birthday! 🎉🎂

🏛 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 Hoson...
14/01/2021

🍽 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

🔎 Hosono Hitomi (b. 1978), ‘Beans on toast, Food Heaven, Seven Sisters Road’. Porcelain sculpture, 2018. © Hosono Hitomi. Reproduced by permission of the artist.

Trailblazing naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian died #OnThisDay in 1717.Merian specialised in scientifically acc...
13/01/2021

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 E...
12/01/2021

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 🐎

Find all our tourist top tips and discover what to do when you’re there in our blog: http://ow.ly/9z8G30rrkkl

🔎 Gold votive plaque showing man wearing trousers (part of the Oxus Treasure). Tajikistan, Achaemenid period, 5th–4th century BC.

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