Kali rises in the East
9 December 2020

A mother, warrior, and symbol of revolution – the Tantric goddess Kali has many forms. Guest author Alex Wolfers explores them and examines Kali’s insurgent history in colonial Bengal.

Demystifying Tantric sex
23 September 2020

Tantra transformed South Asia’s major religions, and today elements of it can still be found across Asia’s diverse cultures. However, it remains largely misunderstood in the West, where it is usually equated with sex.

Historical city travel guide: Thebes, Egypt, 13th century BC
12 June 2020

Travel back to the 13th century BC and to Thebes – one of ancient Egypt’s most important cities. Ramesses II is reigning pharaoh and Thebes is a bustling city with impressive monuments, flourishing trade, delicious food and lively festivals.

What is Tantra?
23 January 2020

As we announce Tantra: enlightenment to revolution, exhibition curator Imma Ramos explains how this radical South Asian philosophy has been opening up new ways of seeing the world for 1,500 years.

Thomas Becket: the murder that shook the Middle Ages
28 December 2019

Discover how the assassination of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170 changed the course of history…

The science of belief: a conversation
4 January 2018

Scientists Colin Blakemore and Tom McLeish examine how the cognitive impetus that drove the emergence of science might be considered to be the same impetus that fostered religion and other metaphysical beliefs.

Displaying the Baha’i Faith: the pen is mightier than the sword
3 November 2017

The written word is central to the Baha’i Faith, the youngest of the world religions, whose Prophet-Founder Bahá’u’lláh was born 200 years ago. Hilary Freeman of the UK National Baha’i Archives Team tells the story behind some of the original writings of Bahá’u’lláh, currently on display in the Museum.

The Lion Man: an Ice Age masterpiece
10 October 2017

Ahead of the exhibition Living with gods, Jill Cook takes a closer look at one of the exhibition’s key loans – the Lion Man, an incredible survival from the last Ice Age.

Living with gods: highlight objects
10 October 2017

Exhibition Curator Jill Cook provides a short introduction to some of the highlights of the exhibition Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond.

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.

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.