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03/01/2017 at 11:49. Facebook
March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. In mythology Mars was the son of Jupiter and Juno, and father of Romulus and Remus – the founding twins of Rome. This statue of Mars was found at Foss Dyke in the east of England. He once held a sword and shield. The inscription reveals that ‘Celatus the coppersmith fashioned it’ and it cost about 28 denarii to make – roughly the monthly wage of...
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‘Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in a Staffordshire field will give us an invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.’ – Curator Julia Farley

Read more about the incredible discovery of these 2,500-year-old pieces of jewellery.

'Oldest' Iron Age gold work in Britain found in Staffordshire - BBC News

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Sir John Tenniel was born #onthisday 1820. Here are some of his famous illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Who’s your favourite character from the Alice books? [ Ow.ly Link ]
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02/27/2017 at 16:40. Facebook
Andy Warhol’s world-famous Marilyn prints have been installed ready for our #AmericanDream exhibition!

See iconic 20th-century artworks side by side when the exhibition opens on 9 March – book your tickets here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Our online shop has also gone ‘pop’ in Warhol’s honour – buy your own Marilyn prints here: [ Ow.ly Link ]

The British Museum’s list of 15 things you should know about Andy Warhol

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02/26/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
How did our curator unravel the secrets wrapped up in this enigmatic painting? Hidden for over 50 years, the work is now on display in our free British watercolours exhibition [ Ow.ly Link ]

Watercolour by mysterious British artist goes on show after 50 years in shadows

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02/26/2017 at 10:10. Facebook
Where the Thunderbird lives: discover the cultural resilience of the people of the Northwest Coast of North America. Our new free exhibition features objects dating from 600 BC to the present day, and reveals the stories behind works of art that have united generations and provided stability in the face of change. Intricate carving and weaving traditions are displayed in objects ranging from...
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Where the Thunderbird lives

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02/25/2017 at 09:15. Facebook
Pierre-Auguste Renoir was born #onthisday in 1841. Famous for his feathery portraits and saturated scenes, Renoir was one of the leaders of the Impressionist movement in France. He started his career painting porcelain before moving to Paris to study with Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley at the École des Beaux-Arts. The models in this composition are the daughter of artist Berthe Morisot, and...
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02/24/2017 at 17:37. Facebook
How did a 17-year-old girl come to lead the French army? Meet the real Joan of Arc in our latest podcast. Join historian & author Helen Castor and comedian Iszi Lawrence as they delve deeper into the faith, trial and ultimate downfall of the Maid of Orléans.

This podcast series shares highlights from our exclusive Members’ lectures: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Plus find out more about becoming a British...
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The British Museum Membercast: Joan of Arc

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02/24/2017 at 12:26. Facebook
This exquisite brass instrument is an astrolabe, a portable model of the heavens used for timekeeping, surveying, determining latitude and casting horoscopes. This example was crafted in 1537 by the notable German maker Georg Hartmann. It is a Planispheric astrolabe, meaning it shows the stars at a particular time and place. It is set to a latitude of 50 degrees so can be used successfully...
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02/23/2017 at 13:35. Facebook
'There is a strong instinct in me, which I cannot analyse, to draw and describe the things I love – not for reputation, nor for the good of others ... but a sort of instinct, like that for eating and drinking' – John Ruskin, 1852

Explore 100 years of British watercolour landscapes in our new free exhibition, featuring works by Ruskin and Rossetti, Paul Nash, John Minton and Henry Moore [...
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02/22/2017 at 13:25. Facebook
'In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.'

Today marks 30 years since the death of Andy Warhol. See some of his iconic works in our #AmericanDream exhibition [ Ow.ly Link ]

The British Museum’s list of 15 things you should know about Andy Warhol

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These beautiful vases are some of the finest examples of Chinese blue-and-white porcelain ever made. The inscription tells us they were made in 1351 for the altar of a Daoist temple. Showcasing the intricate cobalt blue designs famous in this type of pottery, they demonstrate how advanced Chinese ceramics were at this time. They’re modelled after ancient bronze vases, and are decorated with...
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Explore the work of pioneering artist Robert Rauschenberg in this after-hours tour by Tate. You’ll be able to see more of his trailblazing works in our #AmericanDream exhibition, opening 9 March [ Ow.ly Link ]
Wear with Pride – in our latest Curator’s corner episode, take a closer look at LGBTQ badges in the collection. Documenting the symbols and slogans used during LGBTQ demonstrations and Pride celebrations – for example the pink triangle, the lambda and the rainbow – these badges show how campaigns have changed over time.

Later this year you can explore LGBTQ histories from around the world in...
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This newly discovered Roman bronze hoard contains 1,500-year-old flowers! The plants packed into this hoard revealed the stash was buried in mid to late summer – the time these flowers are typically in bloom. The petals are clearly visible and brilliantly preserved. The hoard of eight vessels was found in Wiltshire, southwest England – buried perhaps for safekeeping, or as a votive offering....
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Yemen has been a centre of culture for thousands of years. According to Greek and Latin writers, this wealthy and strategically-important region was known as ‘Happy Arabia’. Through ancient South Arabian caravan routes, spices, textiles, gems and other luxury products were transported between the East and the West.

We’ve loaned several objects to a new exhibition at Antikenmuseum Basel in...
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Exhibition displaying precious ancient Yemeni heritage

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Renaissance astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus was born #onthisday in 1473. His heliocentric model of the universe placed the sun, rather than earth, at its centre. In this print from the mid-1540s Copernicus is portrayed against a night sky holding an astronomical instrument in his right hand. [ Ow.ly Link ]
British watercolourist Thomas Girtin was born #onthisday 1775. He transformed the medium with his shimmering, richly toned works. In this view of Venice, Girtin has copied a work by a famous artist who lived before him – can you name the artist? [ Ow.ly Link ]
Michelangelo died #onthisday in 1564. This sublime drawing is a study for the figure of Adam from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo spent years decorating the ceiling of the chapel after being summoned to Rome by Pope Julius II in 1505. The part of the fresco showing Adam was painted in 1511, and is almost unchanged from this drawing. [ Ow.ly Link ]

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Explore Pakistani textiles and jewellery in a new display at Manchester Museum, part of our #SouthAsia2017 season!

This display is co-curated with an intergenerational women’s group, who have been exploring the South Asian collections in both Manchester Museum and the British Museum. Learn more about our Object Journeys project and the communities that have inspired it: [ Britishmuseum.org Link ]