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The workings of PAS

I have valued my relationship with the British Museum over several decades. It has been a feature of my life for as long as I can remember.I have read some of the material that has come out from Paul Barford's request for information. Show More Summary

Statement by British Museum on the Destruction of Objects in Mosul Museum

What goes on behind closed doors here, few know, but when the time comes to speak out for the portable heritage, the doors should not remain closed. The 'encyclpaedic' British Museum apparently failed yesterday to deliver a statement...Show More Summary

Major partnership between the National Museum and British Museum to bring rare Indigenous objects to Australia

8 hours agoArts : Artdaily

A landmark partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum will see rare objects, including a shield from the earliest encounter between Indigenous Australians and Lieutenant James Cook, brought to Australia for the first time since they were collected. Show More Summary

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Antiquities...

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Awesome Antiquities to check out what may be the world’s oldest extant customer service complaint. Twitter user Joe Stump shared this photo from The British Museum of a baked clay tablet from the...Show More Summary

PACHI PAS FOI: the PAS Forum Introduction

This section of my commentary on the material placed in the public domain as a result of a PACHI FOI request from the British Museum will discussing the information about the contents of the PAS hidden forum and the type of 'Discussion of Portable Antiquities and Treasure Issues' it reveals. Show More Summary

PACHI PAS FOI: the PAS Forum and the Topic of 'Planted Finds' Being Avoided by the PAS Again

Commentary on the material placed in the public domain as a result of a PACHI FOI request from the British Museum from the PAS hidden forum Topic D: The Planted Fibula (8th November 2013 ):David Williams gives a link on the forum to a Surrey Mirror article about a planted brooch 'found' on a rally. Show More Summary

PACHI PAS FOI: the PAS Forum, Lenborough and Fantasy Trolling by Nameless Varsovians

commentary on the material placed in the public domain as a result of a PACHI FOI request from the British Museum from the PAS hidden forum Topic K 24th -27th December 2014 Comforting Words over the Lenborough Fiasco :The only other sequence of forum posts which Christopher Denvir made available refer to the Lenborough hoard. Show More Summary

2015 PACHI PAS FOI Request - Introduction

Several weeks ago because of something reported by a member of the public (a metal detectorist) that he had been told by his FLO, I placed an FOI request with the British Museum and received the results a few days ago, a day before the deadline. Show More Summary

Customer Service Complaint, 1750 B.C.

yesterdayHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: unknown) Please remain on the line. You clay tablet is very important to us. Tablets will be answered in the order in which they were received. The British Museum owns a baked clay tablet from the Mesopotamian city of Ur. It is a complaint about a delivery of copper. The response time may be a bit long. -via Joe Stump

An Ancient Babylonian Customer Service Complaint Inscribed on a Clay Tablet Around 1750 BC

yesterdayHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

photo via tbc34 Among the artifacts at the British Museum in London is this ancient Babylonian customer service complaint which was inscribed on a clay tablet sometime around 1750 BC. The complaint is regarding problems with two shipments of copper ore, as the museum notes in their description: Clay tablet; letter from Nanni to Ea-nasir […]

British Museum’s Display of Aboriginal Artifacts Prompts New Demands for Their Return

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

There are only a handful of bark art examples from the Dja Dja Wurrung in Australia, and they're leagues away from their place of origin. A new exhibition of indigenous art of Australia at the British Museum, which holds these artifacts in their collections, will finally bring them back to the South Pacific. However, leaders there want them returned permanently.

Review: J.M.W. Turner exhibit at J. Paul Getty Museum tosses convention

There's a moment in "Mr. Turner," the captivating Mike Leigh movie about the last years in the life of audacious British painter J.M.W. Turner, when the artist is having a heated discussion at the same time that he's busily painting a picture. Concentration ricochets back and forth between...

The Amazing Stratigraphy of the Lenborough Hoard

Material reluctantly released by the British Museum into the public domain this afternoon (more on that tomorrow) reveals the amazing stratification of the Lenborough Hoard. Ros Tyrrell considers herself qualified "probably more than the critic" (I suspect she means me - and no I was not "slagging her off by email"). Show More Summary

Museum staff thought this fossil was a plaster model, but it turned out to be a new species

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

The BBC reports that a newly discovered species of ichthyosaur — an aquatic reptile resembling a toothy dolphin that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs — languished in a British museum for 30 years. And it wasn't mistaken for the fossil of another species, but for a plaster cast of one.Read full article >>

Creating online buzz around an exhibition

The British Museum is UK’s most popular visitor attraction with over six million visitors last year, the museum has a collection which spans the world with over 8 million objects including Egyptian mummies, The Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. Show More Summary

The Hammer Museum presents 'Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio'

6 days agoArts : Artdaily

This February, the Hammer Museum presents the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick...Show More Summary

The so-called Crosby Garrett helmet

The 'Crosby Garrett' helmet on display in the British Museum© David Gill My article on the so-called Crosby Garrett helmet that appeared in the Journal of Art Crime is now available on academia.edu. This documents the varying accounts of the discovery, reporting, 'restoration', sale, and display.

Becchina material in Britain

Source: MiBAC Alice Philipson and David Harrison have followed up the Gianfranco Becchina story ("British museums linked to Sicilian ‘loot dealer’", Sunday Times 8 February 2015). They have named one UK university museum (that had already...Show More Summary

Joy Division Fans Campaigning To Turn Ian Curtis’ House Into A Museum

77 Barton Street, in the British town of Macclesfield, is the house where Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis lived, and where he hung himself in 1980. As NME points out, the house is currently for sale for £115,000, or about $176,000 U.S. And now a group of Joy Division fans has launched an Indiegogo campaign, [...]

Photo of Part of the Lenborough Coins before cleaning

Art Daily has an interesting photo: Part of the Lenborough Hoard as received at the British Museum before cleaning commenced © The Trustees of the British Museum. Why are the coins so distorted if they are said to be in nearly freshly-struck...Show More Summary

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