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The British Museum at The Telegraph Hay Festival 2013

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The Telegraph Hay Festival runs for ten days with a packed programme of debates and conversations with poets and scientists, novelists and historians, artists and gardeners, comedians and musicians, film makers and politicians.

This year, the British Museum Press is pleased to announce three events at the festival, for Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum by Paul Roberts, Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind by Jill Cook, and The art of influence: Asian propaganda by Mary Ginsberg.

For full information on the 2013 Hay Festival programme and for information on how to book tickets, please visit their website.

The British Museum at The Telegraph Hay Festival 2013

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Paul Roberts

Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

Event 277 • Thursday 30 May 2013, 1pm • Venue: Sky Arts Studio

An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

Tickets: £6

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Jill Cook talks to Francine Stock

Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind

Event 134 • Monday 27 May 2013, 10am • Venue: Sky Arts Studio

The curator of the blockbuster exhibition explores the extraordinary sculpture and drawings created during the last European Ice Age, the oldest known figurative art in the world. Highlights include the Swimming Reindeer (13,000 years old), the so-called Willendorf Venus (25,000 years old) and the Vogelherd horse (32,000 years old).

Tickets: £7

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Mary Ginsberg

The art of influence: Asian propaganda

Event 414 • Sunday 2 June 2013, 11.30am • Venue: Google’s Big Tent

Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.

Tickets: £7

We hope to see you there!

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