Sunday, 29.11.2020

Tag: British Museum

“The Primary Task Is Documentation of Collections”

In the second part of Kate Fitz Gibbon’s interview with St John Simpson, the British Museum’s Senior Curator for the Middle East, we learn more about the role of fakes (also in the British Museum) and what should be done to fight illegal excavation helping thus collectors, too.

ISIS “Making Millions of Dollars Out of Traded Antiquities Is a Complete Myth”

St John Simpson, the British Museum’s Senior Curator for the Middle East, talks about the museum’s role as expert witness to looting. His view on the market’s role in trafficking illegal antiquities cuts across the ILLICID report.

British Museum Revamps Online Collection of Thousands of Coins

The British Museum launched a major revamp of its online collection database. So people anywhere in the world can see for free over 4 million objects comprising numismatic items like over 50,000 English coins from the medieval period to the Tudors.

Success in the Fight Against the Faked Antiquities Market

British Museum and Border Force crack down on the emerging market in faked Middle Eastern antiquities. It’s easier and cheaper to make copies than to loot ancient objects.

Record Level of Treasure Finds in the UK

The British Museum revealed that the number of Treasure finds in the UK made by members of the public has once again hit a record level. In 2019, a total of 81,602 finds were recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, almost 90 % of them were found by metal detectorists!

850 Years Ago: The Murder that Shook the Middle Ages

2020 marks the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. In October 2020 the British Museum will host the first ever major UK exhibition on Thomas Becket’s life, death and legacy. But the whole year is full of related events.

A Virtual Class Outing to the British Museum

The British Museum and Samsung have created 35,000 places for school children from across the whole UK to ‘virtually’ visit the Museum, giving them access to the British Museum’s global collection and expertise through a live broadcast to their classroom.

Homo Ludens – or why Toy Money belongs in the British Museum

Playing with Money – that is the title of a small display that can be visited until 29 September 2019 in the British Museum. A small but fundamental book on the topic of games involving money written by Robert Bracey coincides with the exhibition. Ursula Kampmann took a look at it.

Playing with Money

Lego, Games of Thrones and Monopoly are just a few games where toy money is used. The new exhibition “Playing with Money: Currency and Games” at the British Museum explores how we understand money and economics through board games, toys and gambling.
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