Buried treasure: top 10 finds
9 July 2020

We mark a milestone of 1.5 million finds recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme with a look back at the top 10 treasures from the last 23 years.

Museums from home across the UK
26 June 2020

As museums and galleries look towards reopening, we show how some of our partner venues across the UK have responded to the COVID-19 crisis – from collecting memories of lockdown to virtual exhibitions. Each entry has been written by a trainee on the Museum Futures programme, which aims to develop a new generation of diverse museum professionals.

A message from Director Hartwig Fischer
5 June 2020

‘The British Museum stands in solidarity with the Black community throughout the world. Black Lives Matter.’ A message from Director Hartwig Fischer.

Bonnie Greer: what we have saved from the fire
3 June 2020

Following the killing of George Floyd and the protests that are now taking place around the world, playwright, critic and former British Museum Trustee Bonnie Greer explores the ideas of trauma and reclamation, and how we need to use the past to build our future.

Ancient Egyptian coffins and mystery of ‘black goo’
20 May 2020

Several ancient Egyptian coffins and mummy cases have been found covered in a mysterious ‘black goo’. Dr Kate Fulcher, Research Assistant in the Museum’s Department of Scientific Research, explores what is this goo is made from, why it may have been used and what it can reveal about Egyptian funerary practice.

Fake antiquities made for unsuspecting collectors
5 May 2020

When UK Border Force discovered two trunks of suspicious-looking antiquities, Museum curators were on hand to work out whether they were fakes or the real thing. Here curator St John Simpson explores the illicit trade of fake antiquities…

What’s on at the British Museum in 2020?
18 December 2019

From the rich cultures of the Arctic to the assassination of Thomas Becket and a spectacular celebration of the 500th birthday of Raphael, see what’s coming up in our 2020 exhibitions programme. 

Art in crisis: identifying and returning looted objects
5 November 2019

Curator St John Simpson explains how the Museum is helping to fight the contemporary trade of looted antiquities across the globe.

Creating inspiring national partnerships
12 July 2019

Director Hartwig Fischer writes about his visit to some of the Museum’s National Partners and how the Museum collaborates with institutions all around the UK.

British Museum’s Iraq Scheme helps reunite objects from ancient site of Tello
10 August 2018

A group of eight historic objects from Tello seized in a Metropolitan Police raid are now going back to Iraq with the help of the British Museum.

New special exhibition on dissent announced
16 May 2018

For our new exhibition we’ve invited historian and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop to rummage through the Museum’s collection on a mission to investigate stories of satire and subversion…

The world’s oldest bridge is being preserved in Iraq
4 April 2018

The world’s oldest bridge, located in the south of Iraq, is soon to be to be saved for future generations thanks to the Museum’s pioneering emergency heritage management project.

Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures
6 March 2018

For two weeks this April, the British Museum will become a stage for music, with performances taking inspiration from around the world.

World’s earliest figural tattoos discovered on 5,000-year-old mummies
1 March 2018

New research has revealed the world’s earliest figural tattoos on two natural mummies in the British Museum, including the oldest known example of female tattooing.

Major new partnership with the University of Reading
13 December 2017

We are delighted to announce a major partnership project with the University of Reading to develop a significant new collection storage and research facility.

Maya heritage: 150 years of preservation
29 November 2017

Project Curator Kate Jarvis explains how a new partnership with Google enables us to share and study an extraordinary collection of 19th-century photographs and casts of ancient Maya sites and monuments.

The Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme: an update
24 November 2017

The Museum’s Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme began in 2015 to help combat the many threats to the country’s archaeology. Now, learn about some of the project’s important new discoveries.

India and the world
10 November 2017

Research Manager JD Hill talks about a brand new exhibition in Mumbai, the latest collaboration between the British Museum and museums in India.

A royal welcome! Her Majesty The Queen opens China and South Asia Gallery
9 November 2017

On 8 November 2017, we were delighted to welcome Her Majesty The Queen to officially open the Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia.

Living with gods: a new partnership project with BBC Radio 4
10 October 2017

A new exhibition, radio series and book will look at the nature of belief and how it has been important to all human societies.

A new acquisition: a magnificent drawing by Benozzo Gozzoli
18 September 2017

Curator Sarah Vowles takes a closer look at a spectacular Florentine Renaissance drawing recently acquired by the Museum.

A new dimension in home shopping
31 July 2017

Ever wanted to take your favourite British Museum object home? Daniel Pett explains how the Museum is using pioneering 3D printing technology to produce replicas of some of its most iconic objects. 

What lies ahead: new galleries to present a voyage of discovery and learning
7 July 2017

Our Director Hartwig Fischer reflects on his first year here, and presents a new vision for the Museum’s collection in the 2016–2017 Annual Review.

Introducing the Scythians
30 May 2017

We’re assuming you probably don’t know very much about the Scythians. But that’s OK! Ahead of our major exhibition opening in September 2017 we’ve compiled a handy beginner’s guide to these nomadic warriors, who galloped into the pages of history…

The Frome Hoard voted top Treasure
21 May 2017

As the Frome Hoard is voted the nation’s top Treasure find of the last 20 years by Telegraph readers, Sam Moorhead, Finds Adviser for the Portable Antiquities Scheme, takes a look back at this remarkable discovery and how its legacy continues today.

South Asia season 2017
3 May 2017

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, and the emergence of India and Pakistan as independent nation states and is also the India-UK Year of Culture. To celebrate this, the British Museum is presenting a season bringing together different activity in London and across the UK, celebrating the many cultures of South Asia.

A hoard of note: gold coins, a piano and a family mystery
20 April 2017

A major find where a musical instrument has been a key player. Treasure Registrar Ian Richardson has composed a little something to explain why this is literally hidden treasure!

British Museum presents: Hokusai – coming to a cinema near you this summer
22 March 2017

Coming to a cinema near you this summer, the British Museum brings the works of Hokusai to the big screen.

The American Dream becomes reality… at the British Museum
9 March 2017

The exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present is now open. Why is this extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art at the British Museum?

The Iraqi archaeologists saving their heritage
3 March 2017

For several years, the destruction of heritage sites in Iraq and Syria by Daesh (so-called Islamic State)* has filled the news. In response, the British Museum has been training Iraqi archaeologists in emergency heritage management.

Why 15 January?
15 January 2017

Today we relaunch the British Museum blog. But why today? Find out how our history connects past, present and future, and watch Hartwig Fischer, Director of the Museum, explain a bit about the Museum and its role in an ongoing global conversation.

Welcome to the new British Museum blog
13 January 2017

Chris Michaels, Head of Digital and Publishing, introduces our refreshed British Museum blog, and discusses the role of the blog as part of our digital strategy.

New exhibition announced – Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave
10 January 2017

The new special exhibition for 2017, Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (25 May – 13 August 2017), explores the work of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist.