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ACCESS
CONTENTS BOOKING VISITING THE MUSEUM • A volunteer to accompany visually impaired  Please
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FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTENTS BOOKING VISITING THE MUSEUM Lates OTHER RESOURCES
On Thursday and Friday evenings the
Book courses and activities Opening hours Great Court is open until 23.00. Education programmes
2 Further information through the British Museum Relax with a drink, listen to live music, and resources
Galleries
Box Office (unless stated) Saturday – Wednesday 10.00–17.30 drop into a workshop or go to a lecture or For information on education
4 Study sessions Telephone 020 7323 8181 Thursday – Friday 10.00–20.30 film. For more information, see What’s on programmes and resources,
boxoffice@britishmuseum.org (selected galleries) or visit www.britishmuseum.org including brochures for Primary
9 Adult Learners’ Week and Secondary schools, contact the
Refunds cannot be offered unless Great Court
in exceptional circumstances. Talks, tours and hands on Department of Learning and Audiences:
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Thursday – Saturday 09.00–23.00
to cancel a course or event with a guest speakers take place at 13.15 on Facsimile 020 7323 8855
13 Workshops refund of the ticket price if it does Tuesday to Saturday. Free introductory learning@britishmuseum.org
Exhibitions 2008–9
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Concessionary rates apply to senior 24 July – 26 October 2008
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citizens, students on state-funded courses,
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13 November 2008 – 15 March 2009 www.britishmuseum.org
with disabilities. Proof of status may
17 Certificate of Higher Education programme be required on the day of the event. Shah ºAbbas Paul Hamlyn Library
February – June 2009
British Museum in the community
If you have special access requirements, Next to Room 2, the Paul Hamlyn
23 Events for all ages The Museum works in partnership with
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a variety of local community groups and
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25 ESOL – English for speakers of other languages encourages new visitors to engage with
in advance (see page 3). and sign up to our enewsletter. collection online or study in the Library.
the collection. These include community
For more information and opening hours,
26 Access centres, Looked After children’s groups,
What’s on visit www.britishmuseum.org or email
women’s groups, offenders groups,
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For information on films, lectures, talks mental health groups and Supplementary
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BP BP Lecture Theatre, CEC To join or for more information,
CM Claus Moser Room, CEC telephone 020 7323 8195 or visit
SR Sackler Rooms, CEC www.britishmuseum.org
SL Stevenson Lecture Theatre, CEC
ST Studio, CEC

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STUDY SESSIONS

STUDY SESSIONS
STUDY SESSIONS Venice in the Golden Age Maiolica
Friday 31 October 2008, Saturday 7 February 2009,
Unless otherwise stated, study sessions 14.00–16.30 SL 14.00–17.00 SL
do not include refreshments Venice enjoyed its spectacular Speakers Dora Thornton, British Museum,
Golden Age in the 16th century, especially and Timothy Wilson, Ashmolean Museum,
A Journey through Kazakhstan in its economic boom of the 1530s. Oxford, lead this special study session
Saturday 4 October 2008, Works by architects, painters, printmakers, on maiolica historiata in the Museum’s
09.30–18.30 BP sculptors and glass-makers will be collection. The cultural context and
Lectures by academics and writers on explored to see why this was such an market for this art form will be discussed.
the archaeology, history, art and music exuberant period. The event coincides with the publication
of Kazakhstan provide an introduction to £12, concessions £9 of the British Museum Press book, Italian
this vast country of diverse landscapes. Renaissance Ceramics: A Catalogue of the
Includes a performance of traditional Grand Tourists in British Museum Collection, and includes a
music by Kazakh musicians, an exhibition 18th-century Naples book signing.
of photographs and a reception. Friday 21 November 2008, £12, concessions £9
In partnership with the British Kazakh 13.00–15.30 SL
Society and the Royal Asiatic Society Nebamun
Looking at great characters like the
£28, Members £25, concessions £18 architect Robert Adam, the poet Goethe Thursday 12 February 2009,
(includes refreshments) and the artist Elisabeth Vigee-Le Brun, 11.00–13.30 SL
we discuss how the Grand Tour changed British Museum staff discuss the
Hadrian’s empire and its people in its expectations, course and role. re-display of some the Museum’s
Saturday 11 October 2008, £12, concessions £9 masterpieces, the wall-paintings from
10.00–16.30 BP the ancient Egyptian tomb-chapel of
This study day considers the people of Dürer and Martin: Nebamun, c. 1350 BC. Scientists and
the Roman Empire during Hadrian’s reign: two approaches to Babylon conservators present their findings
their material culture, beliefs, identity Friday 30 January 2009, and talk about the new gallery.
and their relations with Rome. Speakers 14.00–16.30 SL £15, Members and concessions £12
include Ralph Jackson, British Museum, Albrecht Dürer (1478–1528) and
George Hart, formerly British Museum, John ‘Mad’ Martin (1789–1854), although
and David Mattingly, University centuries apart, evoked two very different
of Leicester. definitions of what Babylon looked like.
£28, Members £25, concessions £18 Tutor Hilary Williams demonstrates
(includes refreshments) how both produced dramatic works.
£12, concessions £9
Detail of a maiolica plate featuring the arms of
Cardinal Pietro Bembo. Scene after Agostino
Veneziano’s print which was based on Michelangelo’s
1504 cartoon of The Battle of Cascina.
Made in Urbino, Italy, c. 1539–1547.

 
STUDY SESSIONS

STUDY SESSIONS
Iraq, home of writing: David Roberts and the Holy Land Classics day Paul Sandby (1725–1809):
from cuneiform to Kufic Saturday 21 February 2009, Saturday 7 March 2009, watercolour and aquatint
Saturday 21 February 2009, 14.00–17.00 SL 10.30–17.30 BP Friday 20 March 2009,
10.00–17.00 BP Scottish artist David Roberts’ journey The British Museum and the City Lit 14.00–16.30 SL
This session examines the variety of to the Holy Land in 1839 led to the present a day of talks, discussions and This session marks the bicentenary
scripts and forms of writing that have evocation of the archaeology of the gallery visits on themes related to Ancient of the death of this quintessential
been used to record messages in Iraq Bible lands. George Hart discusses Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of English watercolourist whose drawings
over the past 5,000 years. Beginning with Roberts’ route and the archaeological the Classics or who wishes to broaden and experimental aquatint prints
the earliest script, cuneiform, talks and sites he visited. Hilary Williams explores their knowledge is welcome to attend. are represented in the Museum’s
practical demonstrations cover the first how Roberts’ drawings significantly £41, concessions available collection. Hilary Williams discusses
uses of the alphabet and conclude with influenced the British understanding of (includes refreshments) how the contemporary scene saw the
early and modern Arabic. what the Holy Land looked like. transformation from recording landscape
For further information and to
£28, concessions £18 £12, concessions £9 scenes to drawing its atmosphere.
book contact the City Lit on
(includes refreshments) £12, concessions £9
020 7492 2644 (information) or
020 7831 7831 (booking)
Tudor day
Chinese bronze and why it Saturday 25 April 2009,
is so special 14.00–17.00 SL
Thursday 12 March 2009, Marking the 500th anniversary of
14.00–16.30 SL Henry VIII’s accession, this session looks
at painting, sculpture, architecture,
This session comprises a lecture, film
metalwork and jewellery during his reign.
and gallery visit and complements the
Superb goldwork, enamels and Holbein
display of Chinese bronzes on loan from
drawings will help to explain why this
the Shanghai Museum. Curator Carol
was such a golden age for the arts.
Michaelson discusses why and how
£12, concessions £9
bronze became so technically brilliant in
China, what bronze was used for and why,
and how it was cast.
£12, concessions £9

Detail of a print of The site of Cana of Galilee,
April 21st 1839. Tinted lithograph with
hand-colouring made by Louis Haghe after
David Roberts. Published in London in 1842.

 
STUDY SESSIONS

ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK
Open University Introducing religions ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK The Open University at the
British Museum
Saturday 20 June 2009,
study days 10.30–16.30 SL Adult Learners’ Week Sunday 17 May 2009,
Complementing the A217 course, 16–22 May 2009 11.00–17.00 SL
For the first time, study days tailored for
specific Open University courses are open guest lecturers introduce the salient This is an opportunity for groups of As part of Adult Learners’ Week, enjoy
to the general public. Each day relates to features and beliefs of Buddhism, students attending ESOL, Basic skills a day of free talks and lectures by
the Museum’s collections. Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. and Access Education colleges and members of the OU’s World Archaeology,
£15, no concessions Material culture of each religion is on Community Centres to explore aspects of Humanities and Social Sciences
display in the British Museum and will the Museum’s collections in a new and departments. This event is open to
From Enlightenment to Romanticism, be the subject of gallery talks. interesting way, through art, storytelling, all members of the public.
c. 1780–1830 performance and music. The workshops Admission free, no pre-booking
Exploring the Classical World can support the Citizenship curriculum by
Saturday 28 March 2009,
10.30–16.30 SL Saturday 27 June 2009, creating an understanding of the diversity
10.30–16.30 SL of cultures in the UK today. All workshops
Complementing course A207,
Complementing course A219, are free but must be pre-booked by group
British Museum staff are joined by
British Museum staff offer an intensive tutors in advance. Workshops are limited
guest speakers giving lectures and
view of the Museum’s Greek collection. to 20 places per session.
gallery talks. Topics covered include
Enlightened Grand Tourists, public Particular topics are the role of For a full list of workshops,
science, Sir John Soane and the the Parthenon, the world of Homer, visit www.britishmuseum.org
Enlightenment Gallery. There is also the political uses of theatre and
a special chance to view Delacroix’s Greek myths in vase decoration.
lithographs of Faust, on view for
one day only.

The Renaissance in
Europe reconsidered
Saturday 16 May 2009,
10.30–16.30 SL
Complementing courses AA315 and
AA305, British Museum staff discuss
Renaissance drawing and workshop
practice, medals, patronage and graphic
arts. Particular emphasis is on Dürer and
Venice on the eve of the Golden Age, the
function of Michelangelo’s drawing, and
the Renaissance printing revolution.
Adult Learners’ Week 2007
Photo: Benedict Johnson

  
FILMS AND PERFORMANCES

AND PERFORMANCE
PERFORMANCE
FILMS AND SMITH
13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28
PERFORMANCES November 2008, 20.00 1

Ishmahil Blagrove: film maker The oldest story ever told is buried, lost to
the merciless desert sands of an ancient,
Saturday 8 November 2008,
fallen city. In the book-lined galleries of
13.00–18.45 BP

FILM AND
Victorian England a young man struggles
Black Filmmaker (BFM) International Film to find his place, while a late-night visitor
Festival is the premier event for Black to the British Museum is enthralled by
World Cinema in the UK. The Ishmahil the building’s past. To accompany

FILM
Blagrove Jnr retrospective feature is the special exhibition Babylon, Insite
part of the Festival’s 10th anniversary Performance Company present SMITH,
programme. All screenings will be a site-specific performance created for
followed by a discussion with the director. the Enlightenment Gallery and inspired
Session one, 13.00–15.45 by the discovery of the Flood Tablet.
With or without Fidel (2007, 57 minutes) 100 places per performance
Features Cuba’s leading politicians, £7, concessions £5
intellectuals and dissidents debating the
future of Cuba’s revolution.
BANG! BANG! In Da Manor
(2004, 57 minutes) A graphic and PocketVisions: conversations
disturbing documentary about violence in film at the British Museum Ishmahil Blagrove. © Rice n Peas Films.

in Britain’s black community. Building Bridges: première screening Thursdays 22 January,
Session two 16.15–18.45 Friday 28 November 2008, 5, 19 February, 5, 19 March 2009, Enuma Elish:
Nine Nights (2006, 15 minutes) 18.30 BP 16.00–17.30 BP the Babylonian creation myth
An exploration of this Jamaican cultural Full Spectrum Productions present a new A mix of documentary film and informed Thursday 5 March 2009, 18.30 BP
death ritual documentary based on oral interviews, debate, PocketVisions blends an A retelling for adults of the Babylonian
Acholi Wedding (2006, 20 minutes) Set in photographs and workshops, which deals anthropological point of view with film creation myth (Enuma Elish) by the
Uganda, this film exposes the destabilising with the host community’s experiences of criticism, shedding light on the social, ZIPANG Mesopotamian storyteller Fran
effects of war on traditional practices. seeing Caribbean people arriving in large political and cultural issues arising from Hazelton with Kurdish harpist Tara Jaff
This is Our Country Too groups from 1948 to 1962. Followed the films. The events feature the directors and an Iraqi drummer. This performance
(2008, 57 minutes) A look at indigenous by a discussion and refreshments. in conversation with academics, other includes projected background images, a
people’s demands for sovereignty, human Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund special guests and the audience. For the male voice speaking lines in Babylonian,
rights and equality in Australia. £5, concessions £3 weekly programme, see What’s on or and an introduction by Irving Finkel,
Whole day £5, concessions £3 www.pocketvisions.co.uk British Museum, curator of the special
Each session £3, concessions £2 Admission free, no pre-booking exhibition Babylon.
£5, concessions £3

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WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS Stone carving workshop
Saturdays 27 September 2008,
Roman portrait sculpture workshop 23 May 2009, 18 July 2009,
Saturday 20 September 2008, 10.00–17.00 C
10.00–17.00 ST This workshop is designed for beginners,
This workshop is suitable for adults of but more experienced carvers are
all abilities. Working from a life model, welcome. Following an introduction to
participants will create a life-size clay tools and materials, participants will work
portrait bust inspired by the Museum’s on an architectural relief carving, taking
collection. Students can have their inspiration from the Museum’s collection.
portraits cast in plaster or cold-cast You will be working outside and are
bronze (casting cost not included in advised to wear old clothes. Bring a
course fee – can be arranged on the day). bag to take away your finished piece.
Tutor: Chloe Leaper, The Art Academy Tutor: Marcia Bennett-Male, Arts Express
£30, concessions £20, 15 places £35, no concessions, 15 places

Roman mosaic workshop The Prince’s drawing course
Saturday 4 October 2008, Autumn 2008: 10 Fridays from
10.00–17.00 SR 3 October, 10.00–17.00 CE
This workshop is suitable for beginners Spring 2009: 10 Fridays from
and those with a basic knowledge of 16 January, 10.00–17.00 CE
mosaics. Participants will complete a Enjoy postgraduate-level tutoring in
small marble mosaic panel, discover the drawing, using the Museum’s collection.
history of mosaics, and learn about the Open to those with some experience of
materials and techniques used to create drawing who wish to refine and develop
a large floor mosaic. The use of hammer their skills.
and hardie (tools used to cut marble) Organised jointly with
will also be demonstrated.
Tutor: Lawrence Payne
£30, concessions £20, 13 places
Tutors: Francis Hoyland and
Thomas Newbolt
£20 per day, £200 per term
For further information and to book,
contact The Prince’s Drawing School
on 020 7613 8568

Stone carving workshop

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WORKSHOPS

STUDENT EVENTS
Exploring drawing – Autumn 2008 Printmaking STUDENT EVENTS Museum studies: interpretation
Monday 27 – Friday 31 October Fridays 28 November 2008, Thursday 19 March 2009,
2008, 10.30–15.30 27 February 2009, 27 March 2009, Museum studies: student day 11.00–15.30 SL
(one hour for lunch) ST 14.00–17.00 ST Thursday 29 January 2009, The British Museum’s Interpretation
Each day students visit a different gallery The historical techniques of printmaking 11.00–15.30 BP team give an introduction to the world
and draw from the objects and sculptures are illustrated and participants can make A day of talks by British Museum staff of interpretation practice, and describe
on display. We will improve on basic a print using the relevant media. giving a behind-the-scenes insight how this relatively new field is becoming
drawing skills, learn new techniques and Each day has a different focus: into the running and organisation of integrated into the planning of new
try a variety of media to make exciting 28 November 2008 – engraving, an internationally-celebrated museum. displays and public programmes. The day
and innovative drawings. etching and drypoint, inspired by Dürer, Education, Marketing, Curatorial and will feature sessions covering aspects of
Tutor: Jane Hawkins Rembrandt and Whistler; Collections Management staff discuss visitor studies, display development and
£60, no concessions, 15 places 27 February 2009 – mezzotint, aquatint museum theory and practice. Students text writing, using a current exhibition as
and using tone, inspired by Sandby; wishing to broaden their knowledge of a case study.
For further information and to book,
27 March 2009 – portraiture through museums and the culture and heritage Admission free, booking advised
contact the WEA on telephone
engraving, etching and drypoint. sector are welcome.
020 7426 1950 or london@wea.org.uk
Tutor: Toni Martina Admission free, booking advised
£25, Members and concessions £20,
Exploring drawing – Spring 2009
15 places Museum studies: volunteers
10 Monday afternoons from
2 February 2009, 13.30–16.30 ST Friday 13 February 2009,
The history of drawing techniques
11.00–15.30 SL
Students use objects in the Museum’s in portraiture
galleries to improve observational drawing British Museum staff and volunteers
Thursday 30 April 2009,
skills. They then develop these drawings discuss the varied roles the volunteers
14.00–16.00 SR
further in the Studio using a variety of have in the Museum, including assisting
This workshop considers traditional and working with curators, working
techniques and materials.
drawing techniques from the Renaissance on outreach and community projects,
Tutor: Trevor Wood
to the 19th century, with illustrations interpreting the collection through tours
£90, no concessions, 15 places
from the British Museum’s collection. and object handling, and supporting
For further information and to book, Techniques and jargon such as aux trois the learning programme. Speakers will
contact the WEA on telephone crayons, quill, stump, silverpoint, sanguine, highlight the advantages of working
020 7426 1950 or london@wea.org.uk Conté and graphite will be explained. with volunteers, the mutual benefits,
Tutor: Hilary Williams diversity and best practice.
£16, Members and concessions £12, Admission free, booking advised
30 places

Photo: Benedict Johnson

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CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

HIGHER Art and Life in Ancient Egypt:
the Nebamun Wall Paintings
CERTIFICATE OF CORE MODULE

EDUCATION COURSES To mark the opening of a new gallery HIGHER EDUCATION Approaches to world arts
and artefacts
MA in 18th-Century Studies
housing these famous ancient Egyptian PROGRAMME 22 Monday evenings from
paintings (now fully conserved),
This new MA, offered by King’s College 29 September 2008, 18.30–20.30 SR
the Museum and the Open University
London and the British Museum, draws present a course for art lovers, historians We consider how questions of collecting,
on the skills of scholars from these and anyone with an interest in ancient display, colonialism, tourism, national
institutions. Students will engage with Egypt. Using a wide range of online World arts and artefacts identity and gender affect the way we
the collections of the British Museum and resources, including close-ups of the study, value, exhibit and sell art objects.
The Certificate of Higher Education
other London museums. paintings in detail and filmed interviews Tutor: Fiona Candlin & Ben Burt
programme is organised jointly by
about the paintings, the course explores FFWO025S4ACB CE
For more information and how to the British Museum and Birkbeck
daily life in ancient Egypt, alongside 30 CATS points at Level 4
apply, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/ University – a unique partnership for the
art appreciation and other issues £300, concessions £150
humanities/depts/c18th study of arts and artefacts from a wide
of reception. range of cultural traditions, geographical ARTS IN CONTEXT OPTIONS
Archaeology: An OU Certificate of Successful regions and historical periods. There are
the science of investigation Completion is presented on finishing the no entry requirements but all modules are Each module: 15 CATS points at Level 4
Open University Science Short Course course and learners can build on it to gain taught at first-year university level. £150, concessions £75
SA188 in partnership with the British credit points within an OU qualification. To gain the Certificate, students must
Museum and York Archaeological Trust The course is open for registrations from
Shamanic Arts of North,
take the core module Approaches to Central and Caribbean America
October 2008 and a taster is available world arts and artefacts (30 CATS
If you have ever wanted to get behind the 11 Monday evenings from
on the OU and British Museum websites. points) and select option modules from
scenes at the British Museum and learn 29 September 2008, 18.30–20.30 CM
The course takes around 30 to 40 hours this booklet amounting to a further
about the fascinating world of excavation,
and can be completed over two months. 60 CATS points. There is no time limit The shamanic arts of American Indians
scientific discovery and conservation,
and assessment is by coursework. have intrigued the Western imagination
this course is for you. Taking Museum For more information, visit
Modules can also be taken individually ever since surrealists took an interest
excavations, research projects and objects www.britishmuseum.org/adultlearning
and not as part of the Certificate. in northwest coast masks. Amerindian
as case studies, students will find out
visionary iconography, Huichol’s popular
about the investigative techniques which For further information, contact peyote art and the accoutrements of
inform and excite us about the past. Tim Russell on 020 7631 6652/6621 Great Lakes Indians’ secret societies are
This is an accredited distance learning or t.russell@bbk.ac.uk some of the expressive forms explored in
course with the Open University. To book, telephone 020 7631 6651 this course.
No prior knowledge is assumed and or enrol at www.bbk.ac.uk Tutor: Max Carroci
there are several start dates a year.
Please be aware that Birkbeck concessions FFWO127H4ACB CE
For more information, differ to those at the British Museum
visit www.open.ac.uk/courses

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CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME

CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
‘Is not this great Babylon?’ Shah ºAbbas the Great:
11 Thursday evenings from The Splendour of Power
2 October 2008, 18.30–20.30 SR 11 Monday evenings from
Babylon’s name still evokes the Tower 19 January 2009, 18.30–20.30 CM

of Babel, the Hanging Gardens, Daniel Taking the British Museum’s exhibition
in the lions’ den and Belshazzar’s feast. as its starting point, this module sets
The course explores myth and history, the magnificence of Safavid Iran in the
artistic interpretations and Babylon’s context of Shah ºAbbas’ creation of a
contribution to modern society, powerful Shi’a state. Key elements in
providing background to the his diplomacy and military successes
British Museum exhibition Babylon. will be discussed.
Tutor: Lorna Oakes Tutor: Caroline Mawer
FFWO117H4ACB CE FFWO106H4ACB CE

Isis and Aphrodite in Frida Kahlo, Moore and More:
Cleopatra’s Egypt Pre-Columbian Influences in
11 Thursday evenings from Modern Art
2 October 2008, 18.30–20.30 CM 11 Thursday evenings from
This course examines the coming 22 January 2009, 18.30–20.30 SR
together of Egyptian and Hellenistic Maya, Olmec and Aztec art left their mark
traditions in Ptolemaic Egypt. The royal in the work of Frida Kahlo, Henry Moore
queens, most famously Cleopatra VII, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Certain artistic
asserted a strong influence on artistic features of South American civilisations
developments and were immortalized as can also be seen in Gauguin’s work. These
female deities such as Isis and Aphrodite. influences will be studied and ancient and
Tutor: Maria Hilmarsdottir modern works of art will be compared.
FFWO109H4ACB CE Tutor: Elizabeth Baquedano
FFWO107H4ACB CE

Glazed brick relief of a lion from Babylon’s
Processional Way. Reign of King Nebuchadnezzar II
(605–562 BC) On loan from the musée du Louvre,
Paris. © Photo RMN / Franck Raux.

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CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
Byzantine Palestina: The Art Moving Images: The National PRACTICAL OPTIONS
and Architecture of Co-existence Cinemas of Iran, Egypt and Turkey
Each module:15 CATS points at Level 4
11 Monday evenings from 11 Thursday evenings from £150, concessions £75
27 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 SR 30 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 SR
Jews, Christians and Muslims met for Through screenings and extracts from Chinese Calligraphy
the very first time in Byzantine Palestina contemporary and historical films, we 11 Monday evenings from
(AD 400–700). This module examines look at what they tell us about national 29 September 2008,
everyday artefacts, religious art and identities and the different film-making 18.30–20.30 ST
the architecture of religious and secular traditions in these three countries.
For over 6,000 years calligraphy has been
structures, reconstructing the nature Tutor: Margaret O’Brien
a defining feature of Chinese culture.
of the relationship between the FFWO108H4ACB CE
We will study the use of ink brushes to
three religions.
write abstract characters ranging from
Tutor: Eliya Ribak Jaguar and Anaconda: Masters of Fire
traditional to modern Chinese calligraphy
FFWO113H4ACB CE and Water in the Amazon Forest
styles. Recommended as basic training for
11 Thursday evenings from Chinese brush painting students.
Beauty and Magnificence: 30 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 CM Tutor: Li Jia
The Imperial Arts of the
This module explores the material FFWO129H4ACB CE
Ottoman Court
culture and practical life of the Wayapí,
11 Monday evenings from Yanomamo, Shuar, and Xingú peoples, Islamic Geometric Art:
27 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 CM among others. It also looks at cosmology, Persian Patterns
From 1281 to 1924, Ottoman Sultans myth, shamanism, initiation rites, ideas 11 Thursday evenings from
ruled a vast empire stretching from of birth, illness and death, and the spirit 2 October 2008, 18.30–20.30 ST
Europe to Central Asia. They were great world that is an essential part of their
Each week in this practical module we
patrons of the arts and Constantinople reality. Photographs, films, and artefacts
will recreate a different geometric pattern,
was a focal point for displays of will complement the readings.
discovering how extreme beauty and
royal splendour. This course explores Tutor: Alan Campbell
sophistication can be developed from the
outstanding examples of Ottoman art FFWO105H4ACB CE
simplest of means. We will also consider
in architecture, calligraphy, Qur’anic
the role of symbolism and the integration
illumination, textiles, and ceramics.
of pattern within architectural space.
Tutor: Roberta Marin
Tutor: Richard Henry
FFWO116H4ACB CE
FFWO069H4ACB CE

Calligraphy day
Photo: Benedict Johnson

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CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME

EVENTS FOR ALL AGES
‘The Four Monks’:
Advanced Chinese Brush Painting
Arabic Calligraphy:
Studying Kufi Scripts
EVENTS FOR ALL AGES The Big Draw 2008
Images of power: portraiture
11 Monday evenings from 11 Monday evenings from Roman world day Saturday 11 October 2008,
19 January 2009, 18.30–20.30 ST 27 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 ST Saturday 13 September 2008, 11.00–16.00 GC
Bada Shanren, Shitao, Kuncan and An in-depth introduction to the art 12.00–17.00 GC This year The Big Draw at the
Hongren are known as the four great of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy and its Explore the art, culture and everyday life British Museum is inspired by the
monk painters and the most distinguished development from the 10th century AD of the Roman Empire with storytelling, sculptures in the exhibition
artists in the history of Chinese painting. until today. Gallery visits and slideshows workshops, demonstrations, films and Hadrian: Empire and Conflict.
In this module, we will study their will show the stylistic and historical talks. Meet characters from across the Join Harry Potter illustrator Cliff Wright
painting styles and reform spirit which backgrounds. The course also provides Roman Empire, and watch a Roman and art students to learn how to draw
has influenced artists since the mid-Qing an opportunity to learn the methods military drill. Includes films Asterix and portraits from the Classical period.
dynasty. An advanced course for people of Arabic calligraphy and how to Obelix: Mission Cleopatra at 12.30 and Workshops, talks and an interactive
with previous experience of Chinese prepare the writing materials. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to lecture offer something for all ages,
brush painting. Tutor: Mustafa Ja’far the Forum at 15.00 in the Stevenson at all levels of ability.
Tutor: Li Jia FFWO029H4 ACB CE Lecture Theatre (films are free, booking Admission free, just drop in
FFWO126H4ACB CE required). Suitable for families and adults. Supported by GLA NADFAS
Hindu Deities, Music and Poetry: Admission free, just drop in.
Iznik Tiles: Floral Motifs in The Storytelling Tradition of Book free tickets for films through the
Dynamic Arrangements Indian Miniature Painting British Museum Box Office
11 Thursday evenings from 11 Thursday evenings from
22 January 2009, 18.30–20.30 ST 30 April 2009, 18.30–20.30 ST
This course studies the exuberant This course focuses on the Hindu
naturalistic motifs on the distinctive tradition of miniature painting and
Iznik style of ceramic decoration. investigates Hindu iconography from
We will recreate a traditional tile design different schools. Students will learn
and develop our own compositions. traditional composition, methods and
Part of the course will be the painting of techniques, work on handmade paper
a chosen design onto bisque ware which and use natural pigments. This course
will then be fired. The cost of this course is suitable for beginners as well as
incorporates tile firing. experienced painters.
Tutor: Amber Khokhar Tutor: Delfina Gioia Bottesini
FFWO115H4ACB CE FFWO124H4ACB CE

The Big Draw 2007
Photo: Benedict Johnson

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ESOL ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

ESOL – ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES
ESOL – English for Citizenship – Making of the UK
Students are introduced to the settlement
Speakers of and development of the British Isles from
Other Languages prehistory to the Tudor period. The guided
tour looks at the different migrations
The British Museum runs a variety of of people from Romans, Anglo-Saxons,
guided 90-minute group tours for ESOL Vikings and Norman French and their
students on Skills for Life programmes. impact on the development of the
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General introductory tour Tours of special exhibitions
Students are introduced to the Tours will be run for the exhibitions
history, purpose and collections of the Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, Babylon
British Museum by experienced language and Shah ºAbbas.
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