All posts in British Museum

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

When one thinks about historical Egyptian culture, it is hard not to think beyond the scope of what popular media and our education have focussed on: the great pyramids, the curious pantheon, the rules of pharaohs, the traditions with death, and, of course, mummies. And while “Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives” at the Montreal Museum […]

Tate Modern edges out British Museum for top attendance spot

Drum roll, please… Recently, Visit England, a tourism organization, released the findings of their survey assessing what museums were most popular in 2018. The report found that Tate Modern saw an increase of four percent in attendance allowing it to overtake the British Museum as the most visited museum last year. Tate Modern is one […]

Jamaica calls on British Museum to return artefacts

Amid heightening tensions concerning the repatriation of items currently residing at large institutions, Jamaica has joined the list of countries looking for the return of culturally significant items. Before Jamaica’s parliament, Olivia Grange, cultural minister of Jamaica, called on officials at the British Museum in London to return artefacts that were taken from the island […]

Ahdaf Soueif resigns from British Museum’s board of trustees

On July 15th, Ahdaf Soueif, a writer from Egypt, resigned from the British Museum’s board of trustees through an article she published through the London Review of Books. Having served since 2012, Soueif cited the museum’s ongoing relationship with BP, its lack of stance on restitution, and the treatment of its workers as her reason […]

Missing Lewis Chessmen could fetch £1 million at auction

Missing for nearly 200 years, one of the lost Lewis Chessmen had been living in the drawer of an Edinburgh family for years and could now sell for as much as £1 million at auction next week. The family who brought the chess piece to Sotheby’s to have it appraised months ago inherited the little […]

How LGBTQ tours are changing the game from the V&A to the Polar Museum

In 2015, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) introduced a new tour to their line-up of free guided tours featuring their displayed collection: the LGBTQ tour. On the last Saturday of each month, guests are invited to join one of the tours emphasizing the V&A’s relationship with artists and patrons represented in the museum that have […]

British Museum to assist with renovations of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum

As part of a €3.1 million plan, London’s British Museum is participating in a massive transformation and renovation of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The ambitious overhaul will focus on areas like collection management, communications, and engagement. The project has been dubbed Transforming the Egyptian Museum of Cairo and has received backing […]