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  • Hartwig Fischer: the British Museum's new director

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    Meet our new Director, Dr Hartwig Fischer, as he reflects on his first months at the Museum and introduces some of his personal highlights. From piecing together fragments of an ancient tablet to the wonder of walking into the Great Court, follow Hartwig’s journey and find out how he sees the role of the British Museum in the world today.

    Filmed on GoPro HERO4 on 28 June 2016, plus additional footage.

    Discover the objects in the collection that Hartwig highlights:

    The ‘William Allen box’, a selection of mostly Roman objects collected in the Victorian period – on display in Room 1.
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    The Lampedusa cross – on display in Room 2.
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    Gilgamesh flood tablet, from the library of Ashurbanipal.
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    See other cuneiform tablets on display in Room 55. Show less
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  • Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds Play all

    Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.
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  • Curator's Corner Play all

    Curators of the British Museum tell you all about themselves, their research and what it's like to work with some of the world's oldest and most significant objects.
    • How to make a Celtic torc: Curator’s Corner - Duration: 9 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 8,415 views
      Being Curator of the European Iron Age at the British Museum is a tough job, especially when you’re honing your blacksmithing skills. Julia Farley explains the processes behind making a Celtic torc...
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    • Curator's Corner: Irving Finkel - Duration: 7 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 19,984 views
      Irving Finkel has possibly the coolest job in the world – he’s curator of cuneiform at the British Museum!

      Since 1979 he’s been trawling the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in a...
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    • World heritage at risk in Yemen: Curator's Corner - Duration: 4 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 2,304 views
      St John Simpson, Curator for Ancient Arabia and Ancient Iran, talks about the impact that the destruction of Yemeni cultural heritage will have on humanity. He also looks at what international muse...
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    • Dark side of the room: a Curator’s Corner British Science Week special - Duration: 5 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 5 months ago
      • 3,644 views
      Have you ever wondered why the Museum’s galleries are sometimes so dark? Preventive Conservator Capucine Korenburg enlightens us as to how extreme light exposure can damage objects.

      Curator’s Cor...
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    • New moons and scavenger hunts: Curator’s Corner - Duration: 7 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 4,194 views
      Eleanor Soo-ah Hyun curates the British Museum’s Korean collections – something she never dreamt of growing up in New York City!
       
      Eleanor talks about the need for the displays in the Museum’s Kore...
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    • A love story on a coin: Curator's Corner - Duration: 7 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 6 months ago
      • 4,431 views
      Ben Alsop, Curator of the Citi Money Gallery, found a love note inscribed on the back of a coin in the British Museum. The inscription was simple: ‘From Fred to Nellie, France 1916’. There was no ...
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    • Big swords and Bronze Age war protests: Curator's Corner - Duration: 7 minutes, 39 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 5,105 views
      British Museum Curator Neil Wilkin spends a lot of his time thinking about metal – he’s Curator of the Bronze Age. Was seeing bronze for the first time like the internet or 3D printing? Does he sec...
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  • Stories from The British Museum Play all

    Every one of the 8 million objects in the British Museum's Collection has a fascinating story waiting to be discovered. This is just a small sample of those stories, brought to life by the curators, artists and conservators who work to uncover our collective pasts.
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  • Sicily: culture and conquest Play all

    Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. In our #‎SicilyExhibition, discover an island with a cosmopolitan history and identity – a place where the unique mix of peoples produced some of the most beautiful and important art and objects in the history of the Mediterranean http://ow.ly/4n7yzc
    • Curating Sicily: from Greek temples to Norman palaces - Duration: 4 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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      From Greek temples to Norman palaces, discover that there’s more to Sicily than sunshine, beaches and lemons. Exhibition Curators Peter Higgs and Dirk Booms introduce the story of this remarkable i...
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    • The worst tyrants of Sicily - Duration: 2 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 1,574 views
      Who cooked people to death in a bronze oven in the shape of a bull? Who catapulted the entire population of a town into a ravine? Should we read these stories with buckets of salt? Curator Peter Hi...
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    • A tombstone in four languages - Duration: 2 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 2,565 views
      Under the Norman kings of Sicily, the island became a prosperous and influential Mediterranean superpower. The coexistence of western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures on Sicily created a multilingua...
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    • Do cyclopes come from Sicily? - Duration: 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 3,250 views
      Many of the greatest stories and legends from Homer’s Odyssey were based around Sicily. From the mythical sea monsters of Scylla and Charybdis to the cyclops Polyphemus, discover how Sicily’s ferti...
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    • On this day in history: The Palatine Chapel in Palermo - Duration: 80 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 10,636 views
      Curator Dirk Booms tells the story of one of Sicily’s most significant Norman buildings, the Palatine Chapel (Cappella Palatina) in Palermo.

      The chapel was consecrated on 28 April 1140, having be...
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    • Behind the scenes with Sicilian objects: a Periscope with the curators - Duration: 21 minutes.

      • 6 months ago
      • 18,764 views
      Come behind the scenes and meet curators Peter Higgs and Dirk Booms as they reveal some of the fascinating stories behind the Greek and Norman objects in our special exhibition Sicily: culture and ...
    • Discover the remarkable story of Sicily - Duration: 38 seconds.

      • 4 months ago
      • 22,218 views
      The largest island in the Mediterranean. The home of Mount Etna. A cultural centre of the ancient and medieval world.

      Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different people...
    • Conservation of a 12th-century textile - Duration: 5 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 2,210 views
      Find out how conservator Anna Harrison approached the conservation of this very fragile 12th-century textile from the tomb of the Sicilian king Henry VI.

      Discover more about the island of Sicily i...
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    • On this day in history: The marriage of Frederick II and Isabella - Duration: 47 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 890 views
      Political marriages have
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  • How to... Play all

    Learn ancient techniques and crafts with the British Museum. Everything from 2,000-year-old Roman bread recipes to 17th century Venetian glass blowing.
    • How to make a Celtic torc: Curator’s Corner - Duration: 9 minutes, 30 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 8,415 views
      Being Curator of the European Iron Age at the British Museum is a tough job, especially when you’re honing your blacksmithing skills. Julia Farley explains the processes behind making a Celtic torc...
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    • How to play an ancient rock gong - Duration: 8 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 99,923 views
      The British Museum invited Dr Cornelia Kleinitz, an archaeologist specialising in rock art, and Liam Williamson, a modern rock drummer, to try and discover how a rock gong might have been played. ...
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    • Making a traditional Chinese hanging scroll - Duration: 8 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 8,414 views
      Senior Conservator Mrs Jin Xian Qiu has spent the last 43 years mastering the traditional Chinese method of mounting a hanging scroll. Watch as she prepares and hangs two works by Chinese artist Qu...
    • How to make 2,000-year-old-bread - Duration: 6 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 793,563 views
      In AD 79, a baker put his loaf of bread into the oven. Nearly 2,000 years later it was found during excavations in Herculaneum. The British Museum asked Giorgio Locatelli to recreate the recipe as ...
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    • How to make a glass fish replica - Duration: 8 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 2,394,910 views
      Glass blowing was invented around 50 BC and revolutionised the production of glass vessels.

      Watch Bill Gudenrath, a glass specialist at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York, make a copy of on...
    • How to make an Islamic beaker - Duration: 5 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 58,156 views
      In the 1200s, the glassmakers of Syria and Egypt perfected the art of enamelling and gilding on glass – a technique European craftsmen hadn’t yet learnt. Find out how they did it as Bill Gudenrath,...
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    • How to tie a traditional Sikh turban - Duration: 2 minutes, 16 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 226,804 views
      Watch a video with a demonstration of how to tie a traditional Sikh turban
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    • How to make a turquoise goblet - Duration: 9 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 56,864 views
      How did the Venetians make turquoise glass in the late 1400s? Find out as Bill Gudenrath, glass specialist at the Corning Museum of Glass, uses traditional glass blowing methods to create a replica...
    • How to make an autumn wreath - Duration: 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 2,172 views
      Sherry Doyal, Head of Organics at the British Museum, shows how to make an autumn wreath.

      North American Landscape: Kew at the British Museum (10 May - 25 November 2012) showcases some of the spec...
    • How to craft gold like ancient Colombians - Duration: 5 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 4,426 views
      From wax to metal (de la cera al metal)
      Goldmaking techniques of the ancient Colombians

      Created for the exhibition Beyond El Dorado: power and gold in ancient Colombia at the British Museum, organ...
    • How to plant a window box - Duration: 4 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 5,440 views
      Plant the perfect North American themed window box under the expert guidance of Steve Ruddy, Head of the Garden Development Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

      Originally made for North Ameri...
    • How to make American Style Pancakes - Duration: 4 minutes, 33 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 62,189 views
      Learn to make American style pancakes under the shade of a North American Silver Maple tree installed in the British Museum’s forecourt with Bea Vo from Bea’s of Bloomsbury.

      Originally made for No...
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  • The Waddesdon Bequest Play all

    The Waddesdon Bequest is a superb collection of nearly 300 objects, left to the Museum in 1898 by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild. It consists of exceptionally important and beautiful medieval and Renaissance pieces, as well as a number of 19th-century fakes. Together, they paint a fascinating picture of the development of the art market in the late 19th century.
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  • Choose the British Museum’s first YouTube series! Play all

    We’re getting ready to make our first YouTube series and we need your help! There are pilot episodes for four series that we want you to watch. Tell us which one you like by giving the video (or videos) a ‘Like’. The video with the most likes by 23 Dec 2015 will have a series made from January 2016.
    • You've chosen the British Museum's first YouTube series! And the winner is .... - Duration: 111 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 3,975 views
      We in the British Museum's broadcast team put a call out back in November for you, our viewers to vote for us to make our very first YouTube series.

      We put up four pilot episodes - Behind the Scen...
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    • Curator's Corner: Irving Finkel - Duration: 7 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 19,984 views
      Irving Finkel has possibly the coolest job in the world – he’s curator of cuneiform at the British Museum!

      Since 1979 he’s been trawling the Museum’s 130,000 clay tablets for clues about life in a...
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    • 5 things you didn't know about penises - Duration: 6 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 19,800 views
      Watch as British Museum staff give you the hidden history of the penis.

      Find out more about Ancient Greek and Roman foreskins and the ideal look of the penis in antiquity in the article “The Idea...
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    • Behind the scenes: from marbles to mummies - Duration: 5 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 12,711 views
      Every object in the British Museum, including everything you see on display, is cared for by a dedicated team of conservators and scientists. They work alongside curators and other staff to preserv...
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    • Love objects: Grayson Perry and the Lyte Jewel - Duration: 3 minutes, 35 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 7,812 views
      Artist Grayson Perry takes a maker’s approach to exploring the Lyte Jewel – an enamelled gold locket encrusted with diamonds. It was a gift given by James I for an illuminated ancestry proclaiming ...
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    • Choose the British Museum’s first YouTube series! - Duration: 77 seconds.

      • 9 months ago
      • 23,603 views
      We’re getting ready to make our first YouTube series and we need your help!

      We’ve made pilot episodes for four series that we want you to watch. Tell us which one you like by giving the video (or ...
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