British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the world's first national public museum.

Located on Great Russell Street in London, the museum's collections are dedicated to human history, art, and culture.

The British Museum is governed by a board of 25 trustees and is a non-departmental public body that is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


British Museum's Recovery Programme

British Museum recovers more stolen works but over 800 objects still missing

24 May 2024

The British Museum has recovered a further tranche of stolen and missing objects from its collection.

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British Museum hires new director

28 March 2024

Dr Nicholas Cullinan OBE has been appointed as the new director of the British Museum.

ATG letters: Money matters – more thoughts on that British Museum department name change

11 March 2024

Daniel Fearon has raised an interesting issue, concerning the British Museum’s name change to their Department of Coins and Medals, on which Brian Clivaz and Michael Graham-Stewart have since commented, not entirely uncritically (Letters, ATG Nos 2632 and 2633).

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ATG letters: Money matters – museum’s name change is more accurate

04 March 2024

Re: ‘New Name is a Worthless Choice’, Letters, ATG No 2632). Daniel Fearon, as a regular visitor to the department, should know better than most that ‘money’ better describes the collection than ‘coins’ which is quite restrictive.

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ATG letter: New name is a worthless choice

26 February 2024

I recently received an online numismatic journal that informed me that The Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum has undergone a reorganisation.

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British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.

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Treasure finds hit new high as metal detecting continues to pay off

23 January 2024

More than 53,000 archaeological finds were recorded in the latest annual report, which included 1378 Treasure cases, the highest ever reported in a single year.

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British Museum to improve security, record keeping and audits

12 December 2023

The independent review of the British Museum in the wake of thefts from its collection has been published.

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British Museum to digitise collection in wake of thefts

19 October 2023

The British Museum has announced plans to digitally document its entire collection.

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British Museum steps up recovery plan for stolen jewellery

26 September 2023

The British Museum has begun a series of measures to try to recover the 2000 jewellery items that were stolen from its collection.

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British Museum ‘is being unfair to the trade’ by not releasing list of missing items

04 September 2023

Demands are growing in the antiquities trade for the British Museum to publish a list of objects stolen in an alleged theft from its collection by a member of staff.

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Trade concerns grow after British Museum items ‘offered on eBay’

28 August 2023

Concerns have been raised in the antiquities trade that items allegedly stolen from the British Museum by a staff member and offered on eBay may start emerging on the wider market.

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British Museum director resigns and apologises in wake of thefts

25 August 2023

British Museum director Hartwig Fischer has announced that he will be stepping down from his position with immediate effect after a series of thefts emerged.

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Investigation launched after gold jewellery and gemstones stolen from British Museum

17 August 2023

The British Museum is investigating the theft of jewellery and has dismissed a member of staff following the discovery that items from its “collection were found to be missing, stolen or damaged”.

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Charles at age five failed to be popular

01 May 2023

Numismatic dealer Daniel Fearon has sold a group of bronzed galvano medals depicting Charles (then nearly five years old), The Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Margaret to the British Museum’s department of coins and medals just ahead of this year’s coronation.

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Metal detecting trend boosts Treasure finds in the UK

31 January 2023

Enthusiastic metal detectorists discovered 96% of archaeological and Treasure finds, according to the latest report.

Ellerby coin hoard

Gold coin hoard discovered in a cup under a North Yorkshire kitchen floor comes to auction

01 September 2022

A family re-laying their kitchen floor in their home in Ellerby, North Yorkshire, discovered 264 gold coins stored in a small cup.

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London dealer’s Japanese art collection to go on show at Royal Academy of Arts

24 February 2022

Israel Goldman’s private collection of paintings by 19th century Japanese artist Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) will go on show from March this year.

Anglo Saxon coin hoard

‘Largest ever’ Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in UK

08 November 2021

The largest ever Anglo-Saxon gold coin hoard discovered in the UK has been declared treasure after a complex inquest into the case.

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Ancient Libyan statue returned home with the help of The British Museum and HMRC

11 May 2021

A funerary statue from Cyrene (near present-day Shahhat in Libya) dating to the 2nd century BC is being returned to Libya.

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