Artists have been coming to Britain for hundreds of years to design medals to mark historical events and celebrate famous figures. The British Museum currently owns over 70,000 of them, and this free exhibition will collect together some of the finest examples from the last six centuries.
The earliest medal in the collection is a portrait of Mary Tudor, which was designed by the Italian Jacopo da Trezzo in the mid-16th century. Artists from many countries continued to play a vital role in the development of medallic art in Britain, and the exhibition will feature not only the best of their work, but also explore the rivalries that developed between them and British-born artists.
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”
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
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
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
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