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Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from the exclusive programme of Members’ lectures at the British Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and musings. The Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’, but we will definitely encourage you to become a Member if you aren’t already!Interested in becoming a Member? You can find out more at britishmuseum.org/membership. Direct your questions about Membership to friends@britishmuseum.orgTalk to us about the podcast on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or use the email address above.Find out more about Iszi Lawrence and The Z List Dead List at iszi.com or follow her on Twitter @iszi_lawrence

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Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from the exclusive programme of Members’ lectures at the British Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and musings. The Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’, but we will definitely encourage you to become a Member if you aren’t already!Interested in becoming a Member? You can find out more at britishmuseum.org/membership. Direct your questions about Membership to friends@britishmuseum.orgTalk to us about the podcast on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or use the email address above.Find out more about Iszi Lawrence and The Z List Dead List at iszi.com or follow her on Twitter @iszi_lawrence

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Brilliant Podcast

By elsevier - Jan 17 2020
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Iszi is so great. She takes an otherwise stuffy cast and asks the same questions us mortals have thus we learn more and get a laugh or two in. I love this one, needs more episodes.

Fabulous

By Fine Art Daily - Jul 19 2018
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Love Iszi Lawrence and her funny, insightful questions.

iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
5
0
1
2

Brilliant Podcast

By elsevier - Jan 17 2020
Read more
Iszi is so great. She takes an otherwise stuffy cast and asks the same questions us mortals have thus we learn more and get a laugh or two in. I love this one, needs more episodes.

Fabulous

By Fine Art Daily - Jul 19 2018
Read more
Love Iszi Lawrence and her funny, insightful questions.
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The British Museum Membercast

Latest release on Jun 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 003 - Joan of Arc

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Historian and author of She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth Helen Castor joins Iszi Lawrence in a discussion on the ‘most famous French teenager in history’ (according to Iszi).

Featuring snippets from Helen’s sell-out Members’ lecture in November last year, the third episode of Membercast examines the woman at the heart of the myth of Joan of Arc. Helen provides fascinating insights into the faith, trial and ultimate downfall of The Maid of Orléans, and together with Iszi, finds some surprising parallels with popular culture.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Feb 21 2017

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Rank #2: 036 A Tudor Christmas

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Iszi meets author Siobhan Clarke to talk feasting, revelry and merrymaking in Tudor times in this festive episode.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Dec 17 2019

41mins

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Rank #3: 035 The story of Troy

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Iszi meets Alexandra Villing and Victoria Donnellan, curators of the upcoming major exhibition on Troy to discuss the origins of this epic tale.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Nov 04 2019

32mins

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Rank #4: 019 - Making a living in Iron Age Britain

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What was it like to live in Britain before the arrival of the Romans? This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Curator Julia Farley and explores what life was like for the farmers and warriors who lived in these islands over 2,000 years ago.  

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

May 29 2018

36mins

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Rank #5: 024 - Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is an enduring source of mystery, myth and legend. It’s one of the most famous monuments in the world, equal to the pyramids. But who built Stonehenge, and what was their world like?

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Oct 26 2018

35mins

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Rank #6: 017 - Cracking the Egyptian Code

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The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

This month Iszi presents Jean-François Champollion and his extraordinary life through author Andrew Robinson's exclusive Members' lecture.

Mar 27 2018

41mins

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Rank #7: 006 - Friends, Romans, countrymen?

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Julia Farley, Curator of British and European Iron Age Collections, joins Iszi Lawrence to examine the early years of the Roman conquest, when allegiances were shifting rapidly. Highlighting extraordinary objects and fascinating characters, Julia and Iszi’s discussion brings the period to life. This is part one of a two-part podcast. If you would like to put a question to Julia for the second part, email friends@britishmuseum.org by 14 June.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

May 30 2017

48mins

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Rank #8: 020 - Nefertiti's face

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This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Joyce Tyldesley and explores the creation of a cultural icon, from its ancient origins to its modern context: its discovery, its display, and its dual role as a political pawn and artistic inspiration.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Jun 26 2018

39mins

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Rank #9: 007 - The Holy Roman Empire

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Professor Peter H Wilson invites Iszi Lawrence to All Souls College, Oxford, for episode 7 of Membercast.

Featuring excerpts from his sold-out lecture for the British Museum Friends, Peter picks apart the nature of the amorphous state which existed at the heart of Europe for 1,000 years. Touching on power, politics and identity, Iszi and Peter delve into the extraordinary story told in Peter’s recent book, The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Jun 27 2017

42mins

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Rank #10: 027 - The origins of writing

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Iszi talks to Andrew Robinson and tries to get to the bottom of the origins of writing. Was it invented once and transmitted around the world, or independently in places such as Mesopotamia, China and Easter Island? What inspired it: accountancy, statecraft, religion? Why are some ancient writing systems simple in appearance, others bewilderingly complex?

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Feb 25 2019

33mins

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Rank #11: 004 - Footprints in time

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Curator Nick Ashton discusses the earliest human occupation of Britain with Iszi Lawrence. Featuring snippets from Nick’s sell-out Members’ lecture in January, the fourth episode of Membercast examines the British Museum's 15-year-old research project that began after the discovery of a family of footprints in Happisburgh, Norfolk.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Mar 28 2017

40mins

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Rank #12: 028 - How do you know that it is old

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Iszi talks to Nick Ashton about recent fieldwork on the coast of East Anglia and finds out how dating works in archaeology.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Mar 26 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: 014 Egyptian Art

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This month Iszi talks to curator Marcel Maree all about Egyptian art. She finds out why foot position is so important, if Egyptians had fonts and what it took to become an ancient Egyptian artist. 

The perfect Christmas gift: Buy British Museum Membership today

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Dec 22 2017

41mins

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Rank #14: 012 - The BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

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This month Iszi talks to curator St John Simpson all about the BP exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia. She discovers the importance of their tattoos, how they buried their dead and even how their culture used drugs.

Book now for Living with gods: peoples' places and worlds beyond

Book now for Transforming a gallery: the major refurbishment of Room 33

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Oct 24 2017

38mins

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Rank #15: 026 Ashurbanipal

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Iszi talks to Project Curator Carine Harmand to find out who Ashurbanipal was and why we know so little about him. 

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Jan 29 2019

35mins

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Rank #16: 021 The seaside (Part 1)

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This month Iszi presents the Members' exclusive lecture from Sir Barry Cunliffe and wonders how and why humans became seafarers. The human impulse to conquer the sea stems from an inbuilt urge to explore and is perhaps the driving force in human history.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Jul 24 2018

37mins

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Rank #17: 033 Rethinking Rembrandt

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Iszi meets Olenka Horbatsch, curator of the recent Rembrandt: thinking on paper exhibition to discuss the artist's innovative printmaking process.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Sep 10 2019

34mins

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Rank #18: 010 - The man who collected the world

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Iszi Lawrence talks to Historian James Delbourgo all about his new biography of Hans Sloane, Collecting the World. They discuss Sloane's pursuit of 'universal knowledge', how he contributed to the founding of The British Museum and his association with the slave trade.

Watch Irving Finkel Play the Royal Game of Ur!

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The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Aug 29 2017

45mins

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Rank #19: 034 Inspired by the east

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Iszi meets Julia Tugwell and Olivia Threlkeld, curators of Inspired by the east how the Islamic world influenced western art to discuss the Islamic world's influence on Western art.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Oct 22 2019

32mins

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Rank #20: 005 - Capability Brown

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Richard Wheeler, National Specialist in Garden History for The National Trust, discusses English landscape designer Capability Brown with Iszi Lawrence. Featuring snippets from Richard’s sell-out Members’ lecture in October 2016, the fifth episode of Membercast is a wide-ranging ramble through the 18th century and the many aspects of life that impacted garden design.

With great thanks to Blenheim Palace for hosting Iszi and Richard.

The British Museum Membercast is a monthly podcast made available to ‘all studious and curious persons’. Comedian, podcaster and super-fan Iszi Lawrence (The Z List Dead List) presents snippets from exclusive Members’ lectures at the Museum, artfully woven together with interviews and her own musings.

Please share your comments and feedback about the podcast! You can talk to us on Twitter @britishmuseum using the hashtag #membercast or email friends@britishmuseum.org

Apr 25 2017

42mins

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