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Just a moment’s walk from Covent Garden stands one of the world’s greatest museums — a repository of extraordinary artefacts covering almost 2 million years of human history, all housed in a magnificent neo-classical building enhanced by Foster & Partners' Great Court which opened in 2000. 

With a permanent collection that includes the Elgin marbles, the Rosetta stone and the Sutton Hoo helmet, and a rolling programme of themed exhibitions that draw together items of historical importance from all over the world, the British Museum is a place where the past is brought to life in a spectacular way.

CURRENT EXHIBITION: I OBJECT: IAN HISLOP'S SEARCH FOR DISSENT AND I AM ASHURBANIPAL: KING OF THE WORLD, KING OF ASSYRIA

I Object: Ian Hislop's Search For Dissent

History, as somebody wise once said, is just one damned thing after another. But is it really? Who decides what is ‘history’?

Traditionally, the answer is ‘the winners’. But in this exhibition we’re setting out to investigate what the other people had to say – the downtrodden, the forgotten, the protestors. They left their marks on objects, just as the official view has, and these dissenting objects are also to be found in the British Museum’s collection. You just need to know where to look...

I Am Ashurbanipal: King Of The World, King Of Assyria

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria (r. 669–c. 631 BC) was the most powerful man on earth. He described himself in inscriptions as ‘king of the world’, and his reign from the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq) marked the high point of the Assyrian empire, which stretched from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

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