May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm£15
The oldest form of writing in the world
With Irving Finkel of the British Museum
From mundane record keeping to fortune telling, Cuneiform script on tablets of clay reveals ancient Mesopotamian civilisation in a very human way: its history and economics, beliefs, ideas and superstitions. A talk by Irving Finkel of the British Museum, with readings and ancient music performed live.
At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tickets £15 / concessions
This event is inspired by the British Library exhibition Writing: Making your Mark which runs from 26th April to 27th August 2019.
Discover the extraordinary story behind one of humankind’s greatest achievements, through more than 100 objects spanning 5,000 years and seven continents. Follow the remarkable evolution of writing from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs carved in stone and early printed text such as William Caxton’s edition of The Canterbury Tales, to the art of note-taking by some of history’s greatest minds, and onwards to the digital communication tools we use today.
Further information on the British Library website