Ashurbanipal of Assyria was once the most powerful man on earth. He was a warrior, scholar, empire builder and king slayer.
He liked to utterly crush his enemies and boast about his victories, but his empire was controlled through more than brute force and fear. His skills as a strategist and diplomat enabled him to become one of Assyria's greatest rulers.
His reign marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, and his domain stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. His death signalled the end of the Assyrian empire and his great capital city of Nineveh was only rediscovered in the 1840s.
The exhibition will reveal the splendour of the forgotten King's palace, with its spectacular sculptures, sumptuous furnishings and exotic gardens.
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”
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
Fashioned from Nature – 21 Apr 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The V&A Museum will be exploring how some of the fabrics and dyes are sourced from nature to create the clothes we all wear
Victoria Revealed, at Kensington Palace – 24 May 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Kensington Palace will be exploring the life of Queen Victoria, using objects and excerpts from her journals and letters
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