The Great Court inside The British Museum, in London

The British Museum enjoys its most successful year ever

The British Museum has recorded the most successful year in its history, with 6.7 million visitors through the door in 2013, helped by blockbuster exhibitions such as Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Figures such as this 7th or 8th century tomb guardian show a new side to China

More than just vases: British Museum showcases the worldly masculinity of the Ming dynasty

An exhibition at the British Museum will show that Cold War-era ideas on China’s past gave a short-sighted view of the country

A 37m-long Viking warship is coming to the British Museum

IKEA, Viking-style: longboat to arrive at British Museum in 'flat pack'

Huge wooden warship dubbed the Norse 'weapon of mass destruction' at the centre of new exhibition dispelling 'fluffy bunny' scholarship on Vikings

Tamaya House, a screen painting; Japan, Edo period, late AD 1770s or early 1780s attributed to Utagawa Toyoharu as The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

British Museum to host exhibition about sex in Japanese art

The British Museum is set to hold an exhibition on the subject of sex in Japanese art.

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The Longship (Roskilde 6). The largest Viking ship ever discovered. The 37 metres long warship was built in southern Norway around 1025, and deliberately sunk in Denmark in the mid-11th century.

British Museum to display largest Viking ship ever discovered following £135m building revamp

Senior figures at the British Museum will next year realise a dream when they display the largest Viking ship ever discovered as part of a major new blockbuster exhibition.

New exhibition stresses Shakespeare's relevancy to today

Anyone wondering whether Shakespeare's plays are relevant today could do worse than visiting a new exhibition at London's British Museum dedicated to the "Bard", and, more importantly, the world in which he lived.

British Museum sends artefacts overseas as UK funding falls

The British Museum is no longer just for the British, it seems. As Government funding falls and the museum seeks other sources of cash, the UK's most popular visitor attraction has more exhibitions on tour than ever before and is increasingly targeting wealthy countries.

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Is this a dagger which I see before me? Historian to explore Shakespearean violence

Rising knife crime in London, youth gangs out of control, and helpless lawmakers attempting to curb the fighting by banning certain types of blade. It may sound familiar, but this was the London of William Shakespeare's day, and gives an insight into one of his most enduring love stories.

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