• 6 Mar 2015

    New dark ages as Islamic State wreaks destruction in Mosul

    Visitors to the British Museum can see the magnificent winged bulls taken from Nimrud, in northern Iraq. But Iraqis living there are cowering in terror as their history is annihilated.

  • 29 Apr 2014

    Climate of fear’ over corporate sponsorship in theatre

    Protesters mass at the British Museum, dressed as Vikings, to oppose the sponsorship of an exhibition by oil company BP – but when funds are low – where else can you turn?

  • 13 Apr 2011

    Afghanistan: challenging the now with past

    Can an exhibition about Afghanistan’s past teach us about the country’s future, asks Jon Snow.

  • 23 Feb 2009

    I remember the horror when we entered the plundered Baghdad Museum two days after the Americans took the Iraqi capital in April 2003. We picked our way through broken shards of pottery and destroyed statues – the looters had smashed as well as grabbed. A lone archaeologist was wandering around in shock. “We would have…

  • 20 Feb 2009

    Less journalistic and more philsosophical… at the new British Museum exhibition Shah Abbas, The Remaking of Iran, a poem illuminated by the 16th-century calligrapher Imad al-Hasain, in English translation: Seize the day, for the world is fleeting, In the eyes of the wise, the moment is better than the whole world. Alexander, who ruled the whole…