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Silver service: fine dining in Roman Britain - Discover the iconic Mildenhall Great Dish and its central role at the very heart of the Roman meal. Made in AD 350, this glorious piece is exquisitely decorated with classical imagery that features a drinking contest between Bacchus (the god of wine) and the hero Hercules. Take your place around this glorious silver platter and get a real flavour of Roman dining at the British Museum. Encounter a slice of late Roman life as video projections and the fragrance of cinnamon take you back in time. Immerse yourself in an era where music, poetry, acrobats and dancing girls entertained the richest Romans; an age where each Roman’s status was reflected in their position at dinner, from the standing slaves to the reclining elite. Seek repose on the stibadium by the Great Dish and prepare to be enchanted. From 23 May until 4 August.

Life and Death - Pompeii and Herculaneum - Preserved under ash, their rediscovery nearly 1,700 years later provided an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire. From the bustling street to the intimate spaces of a Roman home, this major exhibition will take you to the heart of people’s lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum. From 28 March until 29 September.

The British MuseumLiving and Dying - The Wellcome Trust Gallery - The next stage in the return of the Museum's magnificent ethnographic collections, this new permanent gallery examines how different non-western cultures each have their own ways of making sense of their place in the world and coping with life's everyday challenges and misfortunes using strategies often very different to our own. Star objects include the Easter Island Statue, regalia from Captain Cook's voyages and Apocalypse figures from the Day of the Dead. Permanent exhibition.

Enlightenment: Discovering the world in the 18th century - The restoration of the King`s Library and the opening of the new permanent exhibition Enlightenment: Discovering the world in the 18th century will form the centrepiece of the Museum`s 250th anniversary celebrations. The King`s Library formerly housed the library of George III - now transferred to the British Library in St Pancras - and is the earliest part of the present museum building. A Grade I listed interior, it was constructed in the 1820s and remains an unspoilt architectural gem, the finest and largest neo-classical interior in London. By the end of 2003, this unique space will be fully restored and reopened as Room 1' of the British Museum. The accompanying exhibition - an intellectual complement to this historic and spectacular visual setting - will focus on the British Enlightenment during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the great age of discovery and learning into which the Museum itself was born in 1753.

The Enlightenment was a period of intense activity devoted to the study and interpretation of the natural world, the past and other civilisations. Classification, collecting and deciphering were all important stages on the way to understanding the world and the new exhibition will show how the British Museum was fundamental to this process and itself one of the Enlightenment's most potent achievements. The Act of Parliament with which the Museum was founded drew upon the Enlightenment's universal ideas to proclaim that all arts and sciences were connected and to make freely available the Museum's collection of 'natural and artificial [man-made] rarities' for the enjoyment and education of all.

The British MuseumThe exhibition examines this formative period in the Museum's history and explores how understanding of the past and present became more systematically organised, how voyages of discovery revealed new parts of the world and how archaeology, art history and ethnography became new rigorous disciplines. By displaying nearly 5,000 objects from the reserve collections of the Museum, along with substantial loans, particularly from the institutions that later sprang from it, the Natural History Museum and the British Library, the exhibition will enable visitors to examine Enlightenment collections and ideas as they were experienced at the time.

Providing a new understanding of the British Enlightenment, the King`s Library and its accompanying exhibition will also act as a magnificent introduction to the Museum as a whole. Nowhere else in the Museum will such a broad range of the objects from its collections be visible. At the same time their presentation in an unusual and historic manner will complement and contrast with the Museum's other galleries so that visitors, The British Museumas they enter and enjoy this wonderful space, will be prompted to reflect on the way that our understanding of the world has changed over the last 250 years. The King`s Library (Room 1). Permanent exhibition.

Prehistory: Objects of Power - Permanent gallery exploring the creation of objects. The exhibition illustrates the ways in which prehistoric objects, both the mundane and the exceptional, were involved in the exercise of power and control from the earliest times up until the end of the European Bronze Age in 800 BC.

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