Trade and contraband in ancient Assyria
2 April 2018

Researcher Mathilde Touillon-Ricci takes us into the secret world of Assyrian smugglers and merchants, 4,000 years ago, and reveals some of their cunning plans to avoid paying taxes!

Gems, rings and lapidaries
23 March 2018

Curator Naomi Speakman sheds light on a few of her favourite medieval gems in the collection.

Rembrandt’s depictions of women
8 March 2018

Today Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest artists ever, known for his remarkable drawing from life and attention to detail. However, not all of his works were met with praise during his lifetime. Curator Olenka Horbatsch explores how his naturalistic depictions of women caused controversy in the 17th century.

How clocks work (in 5 easy steps)
27 February 2018

Ever wondered what makes a clock tick? Oliver Cooke, Curator of Horological Collections, unpacks the five elements that enable clocks to keep time. Take a peek under the hood and discover the mechanics behind clocks and watches.

Behind the scenes in the Museum’s archives
5 February 2018

Archivist Francesca Hillier takes us behind the scenes for a closer look at what’s in the Museum’s archives.

Seeing stars: astrolabes and the Islamic world
29 January 2018

Curator William Greenwood takes a fresh look at some of the scientific instruments that will feature in the new Albukhary Foundation Galleries of the Islamic world, opening in October 2018.

Under the microscope: the Oxus treasure and Scythian gold
20 November 2017

Scientist Aude Mongiatti explains her process of investigation and discovery comparing the craftsmanship of the Oxus treasure with the style and techniques of Scythian gold.

Curator’s corner: Irving Finkel and the Lewis Chessmen
25 September 2017

Curator Irving Finkel may have joined the wrong department to look after the Lewis Chessmen, but that hasn’t stopped him writing a book on them, and having a surprising connection to a film about a certain boy wizard.

Fantastic beasts and where to find them
3 August 2017

Curator Naomi Speakman explores the fantastical world of medieval bestiaries and the mythical creatures found within.

Inheriting the most iconic object at the British Museum
15 July 2017

Ilona Regulski is Curator of Egyptian Written Culture at the British Museum. This includes looking after one of the most iconic objects in the world! Here, she shares what she has learnt since becoming the latest custodian of the Rosetta Stone.

‘Her Majesty’s Picture’: circulating a likeness of Elizabeth I
30 June 2017

Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Collections, details how Queen Elizabeth I used her portrait to manipulate her public and private image.

Time to shine: a 17th-century night clock
13 June 2017

Curator of horology Oli Cooke takes a closer look at a beautiful 17th-century clock that presents a novel way to tell the time in the middle of the night.

Defacing coins like a suffragette
30 March 2017

Thomas Hockenhull tells the story of an ordinary British penny of Edward VII, that was made extraordinary by a simple act of vandalism.  

Change is good! A history of money
27 March 2017

To celebrate Global Money Week, Curator of the Citi Money Gallery Benjamin Alsop unpacks the sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, but always fascinating world of money.

LGBTQ badges in the British Museum
27 February 2017

With the exhibition Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories soon to open at the British Museum, Keeper Philip Attwood takes a look at the Museum’s collection of lesbian and gay badges.

The oldest portrait in the British Museum
6 February 2017

The Jericho Skull is arguably the oldest portrait in the British Museum – a human skull from the ancient city of Jericho which had plaster applied to it to form a type of early facial reconstruction. The Jericho Skull is fascinating to look at, but since being discovered in 1953, archaeologists weren’t able to find out much more about this man – until now.

How do you put on a torc?
29 January 2016

Curator Julia Farley explores the fashion world of 2,000 years ago and answers that eternal question: how should you wear a torc? 

Who were the Celts?
13 October 2015

Curator Julia Farley discusses some of the objects in the exhibition Celts: art and identity that help to answer the question: who were the celts?

In respect of the dead: human remains in the British Museum
12 June 2014

Alexandra Fletcher discusses some of the ethical and practical issues associated with caring for and displaying human remains in the British Museum collection.

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art
28 May 2014

The intricate designs of Anglo-Saxon brooches, buckles, and other pieces of decorative metalwork are not just pretty decoration, they have multi-layered symbolic meanings and tell stories. Curator Rosie Weetch and Illustrator Craig Williams team up to decode some key Anglo-Saxon objects.

The Vandals: victims of a bad press?
15 May 2014

The Vandals have a reputation for wanton violence and destruction but was there more to them than that? Barry Ager explains how new archaeological discoveries might help us to see them from a more balanced perspective.

A loan from Berlin: a lion from Babylon
19 December 2013

The Department of the Middle East have been preparing to display a panel showing a pacing, roaring lion that was once was part of King Nebuchadnezzar II’s throne room in his palace in the ancient city of Babylon, Iraq. Alexandra Fletcher explains how the panel has been pieced together to be displayed for the very first time in London.

Telling the human story of Pompeii and Herculaneum
28 March 2013

Many of the objects in the Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition help tell extraordinarily human stories of the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculaneum. In this blog, Vanessa Baldwin describes some of her favourites.

Pompeii and Herculaneum: two ordinary cities with an extraordinary story
20 September 2012

David Prudames discusses what we can learn about Roman civilastion from the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum featured in the exhibition Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum