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When Alexander Graham Bell first presented his telephone to audiences in the late 1800s, he made an interesting proposition. Bell suggested that this “talking telegraph” (the telephone) might be used for something other than transmitting and receiving messages. He suggested this invention could one day be used for something far more important – fun.

By Dr. Despina Ignatiadou

The Antikythera Hermes

To mark the opening of Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom, Dr Despina Ignatiadou from the National Archaeological Museum Athens discusses the story of Hermes, messenger of the Gods, exploring his significance through the artefacts devoted to him.

As the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) draws to a close Katy Barrett, Curator of Art Collections, uncovers how rewilding and reforesting our planet can become our greatest ally against climate change.

To mark Black History Month we’re exploring the story behind one of our most iconic objects on display, the Model T-Ford, and the relationship of this ground-breaking automobile with the Black British community in East London in the 1950s and 1960s.

Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is crucial to the Earth’s climate and biodiversity, but this unique ecosystem faces increasing threats. Our latest exhibition Amazônia, presented by photographer Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award, uncovers the Amazon at this vital moment.

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