On the anniversary of Thomas Becket's translation, Dr John Jenkins from the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York explains why the movement of Becket's bones to a new shrine on 7 July 1220 was so significant. The post Why did they move Thomas Becket’s bones?
Over 350 years after Thomas Becket's death, Henry VIII ordered Becket's shrine to be destroyed. Professor Alec Ryrie from the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University investigates why. The post How to erase a saint: Thomas Becket and Henry VIII first appeared
500 years ago, on 13 August 1521, the Aztec empire, in present day Mexico, fell to the Spanish conqueror, Hernán Cortés. The Aztec empire comprised three Nahua city states: Tenochtitlán, Tetzcoco and Tlacopan, with their capital, Tenochtitlán, located in present-day Mexico
1. Foundation deed This document is the deed which legally passed Hans Sloane’s collection to the Trustees of the British Museum after his death. It’s dated 20 December 1753 and signed by Sloane’s executors, including James Empson, who then came to work at the Museum to help
Families with children of all ages can enjoy a range of activities during their visit to the British Museum. From learning to count on an Explorer trail to discovering the Egyptian afterlife on a Museum Mission, there’s something for everyone. We’ve rounded up the top
After 2,000 years most people still recognise the name Nero, emperor of Rome between AD 54 and 68. He is remembered as a monster and sadist with a chilling list of crimes to his name, from burning down his own capital city to sleeping with his mother and murdering many of his
Derived from the Greek words ‘πᾶν’ pan – all, and ‘θεός’ theos – god, pantheon literally means ‘of all gods’. Although any polytheistic religion (religion with multiple deities) can have a pantheon – and they existed in Norse, Aztec and Sumerian cultures to name a few – we’re
The Queen’s Gambit is one of Netflix’s most watched shows ever, with over 62 million people having watched fictional chess prodigy Beth Harmon’s rise to international stardom. The upshot of the show’s success? Just 10 days after its release, eBay announced a 273 percent rise in
You may be surprised to hear that the British Museum has a cutting-edge X-ray imaging laboratory located four floors underneath the Museum. Using both traditional and innovative methods and equipment, scientists – including me – are able to answer questions that help with the
If you’re feeling the need to step away from the screen, here are 10 historical board games from the collection – some of which you can still play today. You can buy replicas of some of the games from our online shop. 1. The Royal Game of Ur The Royal Game of Ur is the […] The
Hear from a range of women working at the Museum as they shed light on their specialisms, career trajectories and the inspirational power of Rachel Weisz. The post What’s it like being a woman working in the arts? first appeared on British Museum Blog .
Venetia Porter, Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, looks at how artists of the Middle East and North Africa respond to, and reflect on, issues of gender, identity, politics, history and cultural tradition, through the prism of contemporary art. The post