Being Human at the British Museum

Being Human at the British Museum

Being Human at the British Museum

By the Being Human team

In this post, the Being Human team reveal an exciting preview event taking place at the British Museum on Friday 20 October. The event will be a ‘treasures smackdown’ with experts exploring the lost and found hoards held at the Museum. Keep reading for details on how Being Human fans can get a free ticket to this festival preview.  

Ever dreamt of finding lost treasure? We’ve all daydreamed about finding a hoard buried in the garden, a priceless heirloom in the attic, stumbling across the map that takes us to a lost city. Most of us can only dream but for some the world of shipwrecks, treasure troves and archaeological excavations is all in a day’s work.

Our 2017 Being Human festival theme is ‘lost and found’. What better way is there to introduce that theme than an event exploring 20 years of treasure discoveries?

As a special preview of our Being Human 2017 programme, we are delighted to announce a special preview event organised in collaboration with the British Museum. Marking twenty years since the commencement of the Treasures Act in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and tying in with the British Museum’s ‘Treasure 20’ series, Lost & found: 20 years of treasure discoveries in England, Northern Ireland & Wales will explore some of the best finds amongst 20 years of treasure discoveries from across the UK.

Chaired by Being Human director Professor Sarah Churchwell, a panel of curators from the British Museum will dig deep into 20 years of ‘lost and found’ treasures to debate the best discovery of the past two decades. They ask who owns these treasures, how do we care for them, and what do they tell us about different regions’ histories, as well as our own?

Participants in the ‘treasures smackdown’ include Michael Lewis, Sam Moorhead and Ian Richardson from the Museum’s Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure, as well as Julia Farley, Curator of European Iron Age Collections, and Neil Wilkin, Curator of British and European Bronze Age collections.


Tickets are £5 a head (£3 for concessions) from the British Museum website. However we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of FREE TICKETS for this event on a first-come-first served basis to Being Human festival fans.
To book a space, email Rsvp.beinghuman@sas.ac.uk with ‘Treasures Debate’ as a subject heading. To get a ticket,  all you have to do is tell us in two sentences: ‘what’s the best “treasure” you’ve ever found?’. We’ll be displaying some of the best answers anonymously at the British Museum on the night!
The event starts at 6.30pm, Friday 20 October. Free ticket bookings are limited to two places per person.