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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.
Reimagining Captain Cook – 29 Nov 2018 to 4 Aug 2019 – The British Museum will be marking the anniversary of Cook's Pacific voyage by looking at it from the Islander's perspective
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of artist's postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
Rembrandt — Thinking On Paper – 7 Feb to 4 Aug 2019 – An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Master's death
Slavery, Culture & Collecting – 15 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2019 – This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Renewal — Life After The First World War – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I.
Look for more museum exhibitions this month
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)
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