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The British Museum Membercast

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Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from the exclusive programme of Members’ lectures at the British Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and musings. The Membercast is a monthly podcast...Show More
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39:49 | Jun 25th

Iszi meets curator Peter Higgs and discusses how ancient Greek buildings and sculptures were assembled - and how they were destroyed.

33:18 | May 31st

Iszi explores the special exhibition, Edvard Munch: love and angst using the expert lecture of Giulia Bartrum to guide both you and her through it. Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmu...Show More
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38:18 | May 3rd

Iszi talks to Curator Daniel Antoine about his work in bioarchaeology. The British Museum is committed to curating human remains with care, respect and dignity. For more information on bioarchaeology at the British Museum please visit, https://www...Show More

37:06 | Mar 26th

Iszi talks to Nick Ashton about recent fieldwork on the coast of East Anglia and finds out how dating works in archaeology.

33:41 | Feb 25th

Iszi talks to Andrew Robinson and tries to get to the bottom of the origins of writing. Was it invented once and transmitted around the world, or independently in places such as Mesopotamia, China and Easter Island? What inspired it: accountancy, sta...Show More

35:41 | Jan 29th

Iszi talks to Project Curator Carine Harmand to find out who Ashurbanipal was and why we know so little about him.

25:08 | Nov 26th, 2018

Follow Iszi as she wanders around the Museum out of hours on Halloween. Listen to spooky tales, hear a ghostly interview from a curator who worked at the Museum at the height of the Second World War and discover more about the Ion Age penchant for se...Show More

35:32 | Oct 26th, 2018

Stonehenge is an enduring source of mystery, myth and legend. It’s one of the most famous monuments in the world, equal to the pyramids. But who built Stonehenge, and what was their world like?

45:32 | Sep 24th, 2018

This month Iszi presents Ian Hislop's discussion with Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, on the history of protest and poking fun at authority. Later, Iszi takes us on a tour of the Museum's latest show, the Citi exhibi...Show More

27:19 | Aug 28th, 2018

This month Iszi presents the second part of the Members' exclusive lecture from Sir Barry Cunliffe and wonders how and why humans became seafarers.

37:35 | Jul 24th, 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Sir Barry Cunliffe and wonders how and why humans became seafarers. The human impulse to conquer the sea stems from an inbuilt urge to explore and is perhaps the driving force in human hist...Show More

39:35 | Jun 26th, 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Joyce Tyldesley and explores the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic ...Show More

36:51 | May 29th, 2018

What was it like to live in Britain before the arrival of the Romans? This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Curator Julia Farley and explores what life was like for the farmers and warriors who lived in these islands over 2,000...Show More

35:31 | Apr 24th, 2018

This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Carl Heron, Director of Scientific Research, looking at spectacular new research findings, the development of new laboratory facilities, and the many activities of the department.

41:05 | Mar 27th, 2018

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully...Show More

33:16 | Feb 28th, 2018

This month Iszi interviews Jonathan Lubikowski all about the redevelopment of The Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery of China and South Asia. Stiff competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast...Show More

35:29 | Jan 31st, 2018

This month Iszi visits Living with gods, an exhibition that examines how people believe, rather than considering what they believe. Living with gods: peoples, places, and worlds beyond is supported by the Genesis Foundation and with grateful thanks t...Show More

41:13 | Dec 22nd, 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator Marcel Maree all about Egyptian art. She finds out why foot position is so important, if Egyptians had fonts and what it took to become an ancient Egyptian artist.  The perfect Christmas gift: Buy British Museum Memb...Show More

33:22 | Nov 29th, 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator Thomas Hockenhull all about the free exhibition the currency of communism. She finds out why shells are hard to forge, how communist states purposely made their currency feel worthless and even uses Thomas' crystal ba...Show More

38:57 | Oct 24th, 2017

This month Iszi talks to curator St John Simpson all about the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia. She discovers the importance of their tattoos, how they buried their dead and even how their culture used drugs. Book now for Living...Show More

37:15 | Sep 27th, 2017

Iszi Lawrence talks to Julianne Phippard, the British Museum's first preventative conservator. They discuss how the Museum keeps the collection safe from pests, light, and chemicals and even give you some top tips for saving a mobile phone that you'v...Show More

42:03 | Jul 25th, 2017

Julia Farley, Curator of British and European Iron Age Collections, once again joins Iszi Lawrence to examine the early years of the Roman conquest. Iszi puts your questions to Julia as they examine life in Roman Britain – from female warriors to dru...Show More

25:10 | Jul 6th, 2017

We invited Iszi Lawrence, comedian and Membercast presenter, to join our guests at a Young Friends’ sleepover and record her experience of spending a night at the Museum. In this one-off special of Membercast, follow Iszi as she takes part in an even...Show More

42:04 | Jun 27th, 2017

Professor Peter H Wilson invites Iszi Lawrence to All Souls College, Oxford, for episode 7 of Membercast. Featuring excerpts from his sold-out lecture for the British Museum Friends, Peter picks apart the nature of the amorphous state which existed a...Show More

48:44 | May 30th, 2017

Julia Farley, Curator of British and European Iron Age Collections, joins Iszi Lawrence to examine the early years of the Roman conquest, when allegiances were shifting rapidly. Highlighting extraordinary objects and fascinating characters, Julia and...Show More

42:16 | Apr 25th, 2017

Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History for The National Trust, discusses English landscape designer Capability Brown with Iszi Lawrence. Featuring snippets from Richard’s sell-out Members’ lecture in October 2016, the fifth episode of...Show More

40:48 | Mar 28th, 2017

Curator Nick Ashton discusses the earliest human occupation of Britain with Iszi Lawrence. Featuring snippets from Nick’s sell-out Members’ lecture in January, the fourth episode of Membercast examines the British Museum's 15-year-old research projec...Show More

50:02 | Feb 21st, 2017

Historian and author of She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth Helen Castor joins Iszi Lawrence in a discussion on the ‘most famous French teenager in history’ (according to Iszi). Featuring snippets from Helen’s sell-out Members’ l...Show More

44:42 | Jan 24th, 2017

What makes us human? Iszi Lawrence, host of the British Museum Membercast, thinks it’s the wearing of socks but fortunately she’s keeping an open mind on the subject. In the second episode of the Membercast, Iszi meets Clive Gamble, Professor of Arch...Show More

37:01 | Dec 6th, 2016

Welcome to the very first Membercast from the British Museum... The Membercast is a monthly series that lets you enjoy snippets from the exclusive Members' lectures here at the Museum. It's presented by comedian, podcaster and BM super-fan Iszi Lawre...Show More