The British Museum Membercast: Looking for Troy
7 January 2020
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The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email

The British Museum Membercast: A Tudor Christmas
19 December 2019

Iszi meets author Siobhan Clarke to talk feasting, revelry and merrymaking in Tudor times in this festive episode.

The British Museum Membercast: The Story of Troy
5 November 2019

Iszi meets Alexandra Villing and Victoria Donnellan, curators of the upcoming major exhibition on Troy to discuss the origins of this epic tale.

The British Museum Membercast: Inspired by the east
22 October 2019

Iszi meets Julia Tugwell and Olivia Threlkeld, curators of Inspired by the east how the Islamic world influenced western art to discuss the Islamic world’s influence on Western art.

The British Museum Membercast: Rethinking Rembrandt
20 September 2019

Iszi meets Olenka Horbatsch, curator of the recent Rembrandt: thinking on paper exhibition to discuss the artist’s innovative printmaking process.

The British Museum Membercast: The power of manga
27 August 2019

Iszi meets Nicole Rousmaniere, curator of the Citi exhibition Manga to discuss the fascinating origins of the Japanese art form and its cultural influence across the globe.

The British Museum Membercast: Rebuilding the past
26 June 2019

Iszi meets curator Peter Higgs and discusses how ancient Greek buildings and sculptures were assembled – and how they were destroyed.

The British Museum Membercast: Exploring Munch
31 May 2019

Iszi explores the special exhibition, Edvard Munch: love and angst using the expert lecture of Giulia Bartrum to guide both you and her through it.

The British Museum Membercast: Bioarchaeology at the British Museum
3 May 2019

Iszi talks to Curator Daniel Antoine about his work in Bioarchaeology.

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?

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.

The British Museum Membercast: Halloween
27 November 2018

Follow Iszi as she wanders around the Museum out of hours on Halloween. Listen to spooky tales, hear a ghostly interview from a curator who worked at the Museum at the height of the Second World War and discover more about the Iron Age penchant for serving mulled wine by the bucketful.

The British Museum Membercast: Stonehenge
30 October 2018

Stonehenge is an enduring source of mystery, myth and legend. It’s one of the most famous monuments in the world, equal to the pyramids. But who built Stonehenge, and what was their world like?

The British Museum Membercast: I object
25 September 2018

This month Iszi presents Ian Hislop’s discussion with Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, on the history of protest and poking fun at authority. Later, Iszi takes us on a tour of the Museum’s latest show, the Citi exhibition I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent.

The British Museum Membercast: The seaside (Part 2)
29 August 2018

This month Iszi presents the second part of the Members’ exclusive lecture from Sir Barry Cunliffe and wonders how and why humans became seafarers.

The British Museum Membercast: The seaside (Part 1)
24 July 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members’ exclusive lecture from Sir Barry Cunliffe and wonders how and why humans became seafarers. The human impulse to conquer the sea stems from an inbuilt urge to explore and is perhaps the driving force in human history.

The British Museum Membercast: Nefertiti’s face
26 June 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members’ exclusive lecture from Joyce Tyldesley and explores the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration.

The British Museum Membercast: Making a living in Iron Age Britain
30 May 2018

What was it like to live in Britain before the arrival of the Romans? This month Iszi presents the Members’ exclusive lecture from Curator Julia Farley and explores what life was like for the farmers and warriors who lived in these islands over 2,000 years ago.

The British Museum Membercast: A year in the life of scientific research at the Museum
25 April 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members’ exclusive lecture from Carl Heron, Director of Scientific Research, looking at spectacular new research findings, the development of new laboratory facilities, and the many activities of the department.

The British Museum Membercast: Cracking the Egyptian code
27 March 2018

This month Iszi presents Jean-François Champollion and his extraordinary life through author Andrew Robinson’s exclusive Members’ lecture.

The British Museum Membercast: Transforming a gallery
28 February 2018

This month Iszi interviews Jonathan Lubikowski all about the redevelopment of The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia.

The British Museum Membercast: Living with gods
31 January 2018

This month Iszi visits Living with gods, an exhibition that examines how people believe, rather than considering what they believe. Living with gods: peoples, places, and worlds beyond is supported by the Genesis Foundation and with grateful thanks to John Studzinski CBE.

The British Museum Membercast: Egyptian art
22 December 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator Marcel Maree all about Egyptian art. She finds out why foot position is so important, if Egyptians had fonts and what it took to become an ancient Egyptian artist. 

The British Museum Membercast: Currency, communism and credit
27 November 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator Thomas Hockenhull all about the free exhibition the currency of communism. She finds out why shells are hard to forge, how communist states purposely made their currency feel worthless and even uses Thomas’ crystal ball to look at the future of money.

The British Museum Membercast: the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia
24 October 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator St John Simpson all about the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia. She discovers the importance of their Tattoos, how they buried their dead and even how their culture used drugs.

The British Museum Membercast: Behind the scenes
27 September 2017

Iszi Lawrence talks to Julianne Phippard, the British Museum’s first preventative conservator. They discuss how the Museum keeps the collection safe from pests, light, and chemicals and even gives you some top tips for saving a mobile phone that you’ve dropped in the toilet.

The British Museum Membercast: Friends, Romans, countrymen? – Part 2
25 July 2017

Julia Farley, Curator of British and European Iron Age Collections, once again joins Iszi Lawrence to examine the early years of the Roman conquest. Iszi puts your questions to Julia as they examine life in Roman Britain – from female warriors to druids. Highlighting fascinating facts, Julia and Iszi reveal the people behind the objects.

The British Museum Membercast: a night at the Museum
6 July 2017

We invited Iszi Lawrence, comedian and Membercast presenter, to join our guests at a Young Friends’ sleepover and record her experience of spending a night at the Museum.

The British Museum Membercast: The Holy Roman Empire
28 June 2017

Professor Peter H Wilson invites Iszi Lawrence to All Souls College, Oxford, for episode 7 of Membercast.

The British Museum Membercast: Capability Brown
26 April 2017

Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History for The National Trust, discusses English landscape designer Capability Brown with Iszi Lawrence. 

The British Museum Membercast: Footprints in time
28 March 2017

Curator Nick Ashton discusses the earliest human occupation of Britain with Iszi Lawrence.

The British Museum Membercast: Joan of Arc
21 February 2017

Historian and author of She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth Helen Castor joins Iszi Lawrence in a discussion on the ‘most famous French teenager in history’ (according to Iszi).