The BM International Engagement team’s year in projects!

Many thanks to International Engagement for providing content for this blog post.

Emma Croft
ITP Coordinator

The British Museum’s International Engagement team had a busy and exciting 2016, with a range of exhibitions, training initiatives and other heritage projects globally.

In 2016, the international engagement team:

  • toured objects to 4 different continents
  • opened 9 touring exhibitions
  • received over 450,000 visitors to touring exhibitions worldwide

Here are some highlights, with a few projects you may recognise from ITP sessions!


March – round table and symposium  at Tate Britain on the UK-China cultural exchange project funded by DCMS.

October – the opening of Italian Renaissance Drawings at Suzhou Museum, in celebration of the museum’s tenth anniversary. The exhibition has received over 110,000 visitors to date.

December – Representatives of the Asia department attended the UK-China High-Level People to People Dialogue in Shanghai to formalise agreements with National Museum of China to display the exhibition A History of the World in 100 Objects in 2017. The exhibition will also open at Shanghai Museum in 2017.


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March to June – the exhibition Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt was shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art, USA.

December – Egyptian mummies: exploring ancient lives (based on Ancient lives: new discoveries, for those ITPers in 2014!) opened at the Museum of Applied Arts &
Sciences in Sydney, Australia.


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Saudi Arabia:

The consultancy team have been advising the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture throughout the year, including an exhibition on Arabic calligraphy, Beyond the Pen.


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Things to look out for in 2017

As you can see, a great deal has already been achieved by the international engagement team – and there’s more to look forward to in 2017, including:

  • Opening of A History of the World in 100 Objects at The National Museum of China
  • Installation and opening of Beyond the pen at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  • Opening of Egyptian mummies: exploring ancient lives, Hong Kong Science Museum
  • Opening of A History of the World in 100 Objects at the Shanghai Museum in China
  • World premiere of Ancient Greeks at the CaixaForum in Madrid, Spain
  • Opening of the collaborative touring exhibition India and the world at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in Mumbai, India
  • Opening of Ancient Greeks at the CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain

We’ll keep you updated on more exciting international projects!