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Every #PayDay‬ we share a #‎MoneyFact‬! Before the invention of silver coinage, Romans used cast ingots (‘heavy bronze’) as a form of money – this example weighs 1.746kg!
They seem to have been used as a means of making official payments, such as taxes or judicial fines. Their value was used as a unit to assess a citizen's wealth. The ingots were no longer made after the mid-3rd century BC, when the Romans moved over entirely to silver coins, but bronze remained important within the Roman monetary system. The elephant design on this example was probably inspired by the war elephants in the army of the Greek king Pyrrhus who invaded Italy and attacked the Romans in 280 BC. The pig on the other side may refer to a bizarre occasion when, in one of the battles, Pyrrhus' elephants were frightened away by the grunting of pigs kept by the Roman army http://ow.ly/XGxcI
Discover the history of money in the Citi Money Gallery (Room 68) http://ow.ly/Ndaru
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It's amazing what can be found, luv anything to do with history, think I need a trip to the museum soon! :-) 
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Today we mark #HolocaustMemorialDay‬ with these moving works by Belgian artist Jan Vanriet. They are from 'Losing Face', a series of drawings he made from portrait photographs of Jews deported from Dossin Barracks in Belgium to the death camps at Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944 http://ow.ly/XAfgp
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Magnifique portraits , un témoignage douloureux
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French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1714. Pigalle studied his art in Rome before returning to France to a successful career. He was accepted into the French Royal Academy for his celebrated marble version of the Mercury. He created this porcelain figure of Louis XV as a warrior, who commissioned a series of works from the artist. http://ow.ly/Xxm9n
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Nice sculpture.
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A A Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh, was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1882. The poetry and books were hugely popular and many cartoons and films were based around the characters. Here’s an illustration of Pooh bear and Eeyore on a badge http://ow.ly/Xd33D
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Ernest Shepard -- always gentle and calming. I'd love to have that badge!
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The British Museum opened its doors ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1759, the first national public museum in the world! Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious persons’, and the Museum initially received around 5,000 visitors per year.

Discover more of our history here: ow.ly/X5Ugo
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A ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ from our archives! As early as the 1820s the Museum saw the need to inform its visitors and to use the collection as an aid to teaching. Objects were displayed and labelled in order to help visitors learn about other cultures. The British Museum's first lecture theatre was opened in the Assyrian Basement in the early 1890s.

In this engraving from 1881 we see a visiting lecturer talking to adults and children about the Greek and Roman sculpture collections. Behind her, artists sketch at their easels and beyond visitors enjoy the Assyrian and Egyptian collections. http://ow.ly/WKqEj
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Wouldn't have guessed that!!!! 😮😮
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'To many, perhaps to most people… ‘Celtic’ of any sort is… a magic bag into which anything may be put, and out of which almost anything may come… anything is possible in the fabulous Celtic twilight.'
J R R Tolkien, 1963

Be inspired like J R R Tolkien and discover amazing objects of Celtic art and identity in our major exhibition, until 31 Jan 2016 http://ow.ly/VYCN3 http://ow.ly/i/fovSQ http://ow.ly/i/fovTj
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Aqui es donde trabajo
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Today we are delighted to announce our next special exhibition, which will explore the story of a remarkable island. Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement. Since the 7th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location.

Our ‪#‎SicilyExhibition‬ will be the first in the UK to explore over 4,000 years of Sicily’s cosmopolitan history. Over 200 objects will reveal the island’s rich architectural and artistic legacy, focusing on two extraordinary eras in the island’s history: Greek settlement and Norman rule.

Book now for #SicilyExhibition, opening 21 April 2016 http://ow.ly/XD2Mq

Sponsored by Julius Baer
In collaboration with Regione Siciliana
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What about the Ancient Empire of Carthage?

What about the historical periods when the Empire of Ancient Carthage ruled there? What about the 1st and 2nd Punic Wars?

What about the Black African Moorish Empire?

What about the Moorish Empire? The Black African Moors (Berbers) ruled their for hundreds of years.

Why are they leaving out this vast and very rich history, when an African Empire ruled there for hundreds of years?
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1756. He visited London in 1764/5, and dedicated his motet ‘God is our refuge’ (K20) to the British Museum! In this watercolour, he is about 8 years old, with his father Leopold and sister Maria Anna http://ow.ly/XA6el
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Edgar Allan Poe was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1809. This is an illustration to his poem ‘The Sleeper’, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti 
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"...while I sat there napping, gently there came a-rapping, as if someone were tapping, tapping at my chamber door..."(very close if not the exact quote)
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Charles Perrault, writer of folk tales like Cinderella, was born ‪#‎onthisday‬ in 1628. Cinderella was first published in French as 'Cendrillon' in Perrault's 1697 book ‘Histoires ou contes du temps passé’ and then published in German as ‘Aschenputtel’ in the 1812 edition of Kinder- und Hausmärchen by the Brothers Grimm. There were many variations in the story – the Grimms’ version had help from a magic wishing tree, not a fairy godmother! Here are some works from the collection depicting the story of Cinderella ow.ly/WWqfq  
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Yet again something i never knew
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This rare early Hebrew Bible is one of the earliest surviving examples of Jewish manuscript illumination from the Middle East. The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh consists of three parts, the Torah (the Law), containing the Five Books of Moses, the Nevi’im (the Prophets) and the Ketuvim (the Writings).
Discover more about this incredible object on loan from The British Library for our ‪#‎EgyptExhibition‬ in this new blog post: ow.ly/WBs2P
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A wonderful example of historical memorabilia! 
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Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
 
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