Ancient healthcare fit for a king
30 November 2021

‘The Nineveh Medical Encyclopaedia’ is a 2,600-year-old handbook for medicine containing thousands of descriptions of diseases and symptoms, together with therapeutic prescriptions. It’s currently being translated into English as part of a Wellcome Trust funded project – Researcher Krisztian Simko takes a closer look at the story of ancient medicine, and some of the complaints and cures listed in the ancient Mesopotamian encyclopedia.

Who were the Nasca?
11 November 2021

Thriving in one of the most arid regions in the world, the Nasca lived on the southern coast of modern-day Peru for around 850 years until AD 650. Peru exhibition curator Cecilia Pardo-Grau introduces their culture, including the colourful pottery, textiles and stunning Nasca Lines they’re known for.

Secrets from the X-ray lab
12 March 2021

We journey deep underground to the Museum’s X-ray lab with Scientist Dan O’Flynn to take a look at six objects, and learn what X-rays can reveal about them.

Historical city travel guide: Edo (Tokyo), early 19th century
22 May 2020

We’re taking a trip back to early 19th-century Japan and visiting Edo – modern-day Tokyo – as curator Alfred Haft reveals the unmissable sights, the cuisine you’ve got to try and the best places to stay in this historical travel guide.

Seeking Inspiration
9 April 2020

We all need a little inspiration sometimes, especially while we’re stuck inside. We asked Museum staff to share their inspirational stories and powerful objects from the collection (and beyond) – we hope they inspire you too.

Mary Beard’s top five objects
8 April 2020

Newly appointed Trustee Mary Beard introduces you to her top five objects in the collection, and reveals a moment in the Museum that started her journey to becoming Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge

The British Museum Membercast: How do you know how old it is
26 March 2019

Iszi talks to Nick Ashton about recent fieldwork on the coast of East Anglia that has pushed back the evidence of humans in Northern Europe to almost a million years ago.

The British Museum Membercast: The origins of writing
27 February 2019

Iszi talks to Andrew Robinson and tries to get to the bottom of the origins of writing. Was it invented once and transmitted around the world, or independently in places such as Mesopotamia, China and Easter Island? What inspired it: accountancy, statecraft, religion? Why are some ancient writing systems simple in appearance, others bewilderingly complex?

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.

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.

The story of sugar in 5 objects
13 June 2018

To conclude our Pleasant vices series, Tasha Marks explores our complex relationship with sugar.

A sip of history: ancient Egyptian beer
25 May 2018

As part of the Pleasant vices series, food historian Tasha Marks invited brewers Michaela Charles and Susan Boyle to help her recreate a 5,000-year-old beer.

The 18th-century chocolate champions
18 May 2018

Food historian Tasha Marks explores the chocolate heyday of London and recreates Sir Hans Sloane’s hot chocolate recipe as part of our Pleasant vices series.

A bluffer’s guide to dissent in 7 objects
16 May 2018

Ahead of the Citi exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent, co-curators Tom Hockenhull and Ian Hislop take a look at a few of the fascinating stories of dissent that can be found in the show.

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…

Baked beans to ambergris: the top 5 weird and wonderful aphrodisiacs
11 May 2018

As part of our series on ‘pleasant vices’, food historian Tasha Marks shares her top 5 aphrodisiacs from the British Museum’s collection.

A history of world music in 15 instruments
5 April 2018

From the ancient Egyptians to the Sámi people of northern Europe, music has been an integral part of societies around the world. To celebrate the Museum’s first major musical festival this April, here are 15 extraordinary instruments from history that hit just the right note!

A Vodou drum at the British Museum
16 March 2018

Oungan (Vodou priest) and ethnomusicologist Gerdès Fleurant and Caribbean historian Kate Ramsey tell us more about a Vodou drum, on display now for the first time, in Room 3.

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.

Bettany Hughes on warrior women
7 December 2017

From Boudicca to the Amazons, historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes uncovers the truth behind some of the most famous warrior women in history.

Darius, Herodotus and the Scythians
27 October 2017

Historian and author Tom Holland explains why the Museum’s latest exhibition is a revelation, bringing the Scythians alive from the pages of Herodotus.

Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca
30 August 2017

Millions of Muslims make the journey to Mecca each year. Here are a few of the key things you should know about this incredible pilgrimage.

Photography at the Museum: a developing story
19 August 2017

Photography is not even 200 years old, and yet has changed the way we think about the world. Archivist Francesca Hillier and Senior Photographer Kevin Lovelock reveal the intriguing history of photography at the British Museum.

The Dothraki and the Scythians: a game of clones?
12 July 2017

If you’re excited about another fantastical series of Game of Thrones, you’re not alone. But George R R Martin’s vivid world has many real-life parallels. Here, take a closer look at the inspiration behind the bloodthirsty, horse-riding nomadic warriors, the Dothraki…

Montagu House: the first British Museum
23 June 2017

Museum Archivist Francesca Hillier takes us through the fascinating history of the first building to house the British Museum’s collection, Montagu House.

Dirty old river: secrets of the Thames
31 May 2017

London’s history has always been closely connected to the River Thames, one of the UK’s longest and deepest rivers. On London History Day, Jennifer Wexler, Digital Research Project Producer, dredges up some of the fascinating objects found in this famous river.

The British Museum podcast: The purrrplexing story of the British Museum cats
12 April 2017

There are plenty of cats depicted in Museum objects, but did you know that real cats used to live at the Museum? Digital Creative Producer Nick Harris takes us through his podcast on this surprising aspect of the Museum’s history.

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.

The British Museum podcast: The Suicide Exhibition
23 August 2016

Nick Harris, Digital Creative Producer chats with Curator of Modern Money, Tom Hockenhull, and Museum Historian, Marjorie Caygill, about how the Museum dealt with the threat from German bombers during the Blitz.