This conversation, between art historians Paul Binski and Alixe Bovey, will explore the way Becket’s universality as a martyr was embodied in the architecture of Canterbury Cathedral, evoking the heroic age of early Christian martyrdom.
To mark last year’s 850th anniversary of his brutal murder, the exhibition explored Becket’s remarkable life, death and legacy. It presents his journey from a merchant’s son to Archbishop of Canterbury, and the attempts to obliterate his cult under the Tudor dynasty. Introduced and chaired by the Director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, theContinue reading “Online Lecture: Curators’ Introduction – Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint, 7th May 2021, 17.30–18.30 (BST)”
First ever major UK exhibition on Thomas Becket to open at the British Museum Centrepiece will be an extraordinary first time loan of a complete stained-glass window from Canterbury Cathedral, one of the Cathedral’s greatest treasures New research means window will be shown at British Museum in its original arrangement for the first time inContinue reading “Exhibition: Thomas Becket – Murder and the Making of a Saint, British Museum, 20th May 2021 – 22nd Aug 2021”
On Weds 21st November 2018, Lloyd de Beer, Naomi Speakman, and Oliver Cooke kindly allowed students and staff from the Courtauld Institute of Art and elsewhere into the horological storerooms of the British Museum, the latest in a series of handling sessions organised by Medieval Touch. Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein of the University of York led theContinue reading “Medieval Touch: Handling session at the British Museum on scientific instruments in medieval and Renaissance Europe”
On Wednesday 24 January 2018 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman once again welcomed a group of staff and students from The Courtauld and elsewhere, as well as Sophie Kelly, PhD student from the University of Kent. The focus of our session was objects in the British Museum collection with links to the Trinity.
The latest issue of British Art Studies (an open access, online Art History journal published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art), is entirely devoted to Medieval Britain. The content is derived from a conference held at the British Museum in 2014: Invention and Imagination in British Art & Architecture, 600-1500. It opensContinue reading “Exclusively Medieval, Online & Open Access: 2017 special issue of British Art Studies”
On 23rd November 2016 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman from the British Museum once again kindly allowed staff and students from The Courtauld to look at objects from the museum’s store rooms, focused on the theme of light. We looked at a number of objects associated with the production of light, including a ByzantineContinue reading “British Museum Handling Session: Medieval Light”
This two-day conference accompanies the exhibition Sicily: culture and conquest. It will focus on two periods of enlightenment that stand out in Sicily’s history – Greek settlement from the 8th to 3rd centuries BC, and Norman rule in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. There will be papers on recent research, new excavations, and the economyContinue reading “Conference Sicily: Heritage of the World British Museum 24-25th June 2016”
The Making of the British Museum’s Sicily Exhibition Dr Dirk Booms, Department of Greek and Roman, British Museum, in conversation with Dr Caroline Goodson. Dr. Booms, the curator of the current landmark exhibtion Sicily: Culture and Conquest, will discuss the process of developing this exhibition, from first concept to final installation. 6 pm, 1 JuneContinue reading “Talk: The Making of the British Museum’s ‘Sicily’ Exhibition 1st June 2016”
In February 2015 Lloyd de Beer and Naomi Speakman kindly permitted Courtauld staff and students to examine micro-architectural objects in the British Museum. We saw two wonderful ivories with fairly generic Gothic baldachins, along with this extraordinary 10c (?) ivory cylinder with Passion narratives. This 12c censer cover is an especially wonderful example of dozensContinue reading “British Museum Handling Session: Micro-architecture”