How to write cuneiform
21 January 2021

Learn how to write cuneiform – the oldest form of writing in the world – with curator Irving Finkel, using just a lolly stick and a piece of clay to master the ancient script!

Historical city travel guide: Nineveh, 7th century BC
7 May 2020

Journey back over 2,600 years with curator Gareth Brereton as we visit the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Discover the sights, shopping destinations, entertainment and local delicacies not to be missed (and the areas to steer clear of).

Sparking the imagination: the rediscovery of Assyria’s great lost city
1 February 2019

With its exquisite palaces, vast libraries and lush gardens, Nineveh was one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Carine Harmand explores the 19th-century quest to locate and unearth the great lost city…

The British Museum Membercast: Ashurbanipal
30 January 2019

Iszi talks to Project Curator Carine Harmand to find out who Ashurbanipal was and why we know so little about him.

260 years – the British Museum in numbers
15 January 2019

Join us as we celebrate 260 years since the Museum first opened its doors on 15 January 1759. From cats to conservation, we’ve compiled the biggest and best numbers from the last two and a half centuries.

Lion hunting: the sport of kings
4 January 2019

Delve into this great king’s world with Curator Gareth Brereton as he lifts the lid on the ancient sport of royal lion hunting.

A library fit for a king
25 October 2018

Ashurbanipal’s Library is one of the most important archaeological discoveries ever made. But what actually is it? Jonathan Taylor, Middle East Curator and expert on the Library of Ashurbanipal, takes a closer look…

Paradise on earth: the gardens of Ashurbanipal
4 October 2018

King Ashurbanipal might have been a fearsome warrior but he was also a keen gardener! We take a look at how the Assyrian kings created a slice of paradise on earth with their exotic botanical gardens.

Introducing the Assyrians
19 June 2018

In advance of our major autumn exhibition, curator Gareth Brereton gives a run down of what you need to know about the Assyrians, from luxury palaces and lion hunting to libraries and letters.

Who was Ashurbanipal?
19 June 2018

Warrior. Scholar. Empire builder. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian. Take a closer look at the great Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.