I wanted to let you know that the ITP team is beginning to go back to work!!!!   Currently it will just be me – Anna and George remain on furlough for now – and I will be working 2 days a week from home.  This will mean I will be available again for any questions and queries the ITP network might have.  I will also be working on projects and programmes which mean we can engage, remotely for now, and hopefully find ways of supporting each other through COVID-19 and towards our ‘new normal’ ways of working.

And of course, many of you will have seen that the British Museum opens again on 27 August after being closed for 163 days!!!  Things will be little different.  Visitors will need to book a free timed slot, numbers will be reduced and initially only the ground-floor galleries will be open following a single, one-way route.  But this will mean that visitors will be able to see more than 9,000 objects covering Egypt, Greece, Rome, Assyria, Africa, Mexico, North America and the Enlightenment gallery.

Our postponed special exhibitions will open a little later and will have extended runs with Tantra: enlightenment to revolution opening from 24 September to 24 January, and Arctic: culture and climate from 22 October to 21 February.  I’ll look forward to sharing blog posts on those with you in the months to come but you can find out more through the links below.

https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/tantra-enlightenment-revolution

https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/arctic-culture-and-climate

And in exciting news, the artist Grayson Perry will be lending us a work that was the centrepiece of his exhibition, Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, originally held at the museum nine years ago.

You can read more about our reopening plans here https://www.britishmuseum.org/reopening

Warmest wishes, Claire