British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the world's first national public museum.

Located on Great Russell Street in London, the museum's collections are dedicated to human history, art, and culture.

The British Museum is governed by a board of 25 trustees and is a non-departmental public body that is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


Percival David collection moves to British Museum

12 November 2007

A FUNDING crisis means the Percival David Foundation collection of Chinese ceramics will move from the University of London’s School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) to the British Museum.

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10th Asian Art in London

18 September 2007

Asian Art in London celebrates its tenth anniversary from November 1 to 10 and as part of the anniversary celebrations will join with the British Museum to hold a Study Day around the exhibition The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army on November 10. Tickets for the day cost £22 (contact 0207 323 8181).

Manuscript saved

23 July 2007

HERITAGE grants have helped the British Museum acquire the 15th century illuminated manuscript known as the Wardington Hours.

Go-ahead to police online antiquities sales

12 October 2006

EBay (UK) have given permission for members of the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme to monitor the trade in antiquities on the website.

Widespread support for trove code

15 May 2006

A NEW code of conduct has been agreed to offer standard guidelines for locating and unearthing treasure trove.

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Export law hits museum

14 February 2006

A LOOPHOLE in the export law has forced the British Museum to pay almost £100,000 more than the original auction price for the most expensive British coin ever sold. The museum believes the case highlights the need for Britain’s laws on exporting art to be reconsidered.

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British Museum raid mirrors V&A theft

11 November 2004

POLICE investigating the theft of Tang and Yuan dynasty jewellery and body ornaments from the British Museum on October 29-30 believe the raid could be linked to the theft of Chinese jades from the Victoria and Albert Museum earlier last month.

No-gun slogans and other mottos

08 September 2004

Badges by Philip Atwood, published by the British Museum Press. ISBN 0714150142 £7.99sb AMONG the British Museum’s priceless antiquities is the museum’s collection of some 12,000 badges. A small, hard-to-find exhibition, showing at the museum until January 16, presents just a tiny fraction of this archive.

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The original Chinese takeaway

09 June 2004

Aurel Stein on the Silk Road, by Susan Whitfield, published by the British Museum Press. ISBN 0714124168 £18.99hb SIR Marc Aurel Stein, the 19th century Hungarian-born explorer, adventurer and archaeologist, sent home more than 40,000 cultural treasures from the wilds of Western China, making eight major expeditions along the Silk Road nearly a century ago and following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and the 7th century Buddhist pilgrim monk Xuanzang.

Film critic with an eye for prints and drawings

11 May 2004

ALEXANDER Walker, who died last year at the age of 73, was the film critic of London’s Evening Standard for more than 40 years and among the well-known names in the film world. Not so well known is that he was a noted collector of modern art.

John Eskenazi and the BM’s Buddha…

28 April 2004

TOWARDS the end of March it was reported that The British Museum and the V&A had joined forces for the first time to acquire a rare Indian 7th century metal statue of a standing figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni, the first to enter a public European collection. After a tour of provincial museums it will be shown alternatively at the two institutions.

Struck and striking…

16 March 2004

“COINS transmit the image of a ruler far more widely than any other medium available before photography.” Thus the blurb trumpeting the exhibition in the British Museum of portraits on coins.

A year full of promise on the books front

18 February 2004

2004 is shaping up well for arts publishing, and publishers of books which cover the genre also reported excellent sales last year, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. Here, the Antiques Trade Gazette takes a look at some of the books on offer this year, many of which will be reviewed.

Fluorspar is cup that cheers for Ede

05 February 2004

Funded by the Friends of the British Museum, the Caryatid Fund and the National Art Collections Fund, the British Museum has acquired an extremely rare Roman fluorspar cup from the 1st century AD. The total cost of the antiquity, bought from a leading London dealer, was £150,000.

Cream of catalogues

14 January 2003

The Print in Italy: 1550-1620 by Michael Bury, published by the British Museum Press in September 2001. ISBN 0714126292 £35pb

BM textiles crisis

27 August 2002

THE acquisition of a unique collection of Afghan textiles has highlighted the cash crisis at the British Museum. Despite spending £34,000 on the collection, including a £26,000 grant from the National Arts Collection Fund, the BM’s ethnographic textiles collection has nowhere to display it.

Steppes to Russian mythology

26 July 2002

Russian Myths by Elizabeth Warner, published by the British Museum Press. ISBN 0714127434 £8.99pb

British Museum may have to sell 160,000 artefacts to raise funds

02 May 2002

THE British Museum is being advised to sell off up to a fifth of its ‘spare’ exhibits to raise funds. The museum is already being forced to sell off valuable property and shed up to 180 jobs – including vital conservation posts – to stave off bankruptcy a year before its 250th anniversary.

The glory of the master

11 January 2002

Rembrandt the Printmaker by Erik Hinterding, Ger Luijten and Martin Royalton, published by the British Museum Press in association with the Rijksmuseum ISBN 01714126268 £29.99 pb

Treasury of the World

31 August 2001

Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals. The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait National Museum, by Manual Keene, published by the British Museum ISBN 0500976082. £18.95 pb.

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