It's usually the winners who write the history, but in this exhibition Ian Hislop will be investigating what all the others had to say: the dissenters, the downtrodden and the forgotten. They left their mark on objects throughout history... you just need to know where to look.
The exhibition includes a wide variety of hand-picked objects from the British Museum's own collection that explore the ideas of dissent, subversion and satire -- from graffiti scrawled on a Babylonian brick, to rude words hidden on a banknote.
The exhibition will uncover the secret symbols and stories behind these objects — some of them funny, some deadly serious, but always said with conviction. You will see how people have challenged the official view in order to enable change, even if it risked a gruesome punishment if they were caught, because objecting and protesting is an integral part of what makes us human.
Craig’s review of British Museum – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
Witnesses — Emigre medallists in Britain – 4 Oct 2018 to 7 Apr 2019 – A free exhibition that showcases some of the finest examples in the British Museum's collection of 70,000 medals.
I am Ashurbanipal — King of Assyria – 8 Nov 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – The major new exhibition at the British Museum will reveal treasures from the reign of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria.
The Nutcracker — at the British Museum – 3, 6 and 8 Dec 2018 – Ballet Central will be putting on a very special performance of The Nutcracker inside the Great Hall at the British Museum
Princess Diana — Her Fashion Story – 24 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2019 – Diana's Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is an exhibition of iconic dresses that show the evolution of her style
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Superbugs — The Fight For Our Lives – 9 Nov 2017 to 10 Mar 2019 – Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Dream On — V&A Museum of Childhood – 10 Feb 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
If you enjoy British Museum then you might like to visit Petrie Museum (you can walk it 10 mins), Sir John Soane’s Museum (you can walk it in 7 mins), Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Tottenham Court Road to South Kensington) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Tottenham Court Road to Bond Street)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans