This event takes place at Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham. British Museum curator Jill Cook gives an illustrated introduction to the British Museum exhibition “Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond” in partnership with "Finding Faith" at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Find out more about the British Museum's exhibition: 'Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond'.

Beliefs in spiritual beings and worlds beyond nature are characteristic of all human societies. By looking at how people believe through everyday objects of faith, this exhibition provides a perspective on what makes believing a vital part of human behaviour.

Seeing how people believe, rather than considering what they believe, suggests that humans might be naturally inclined to believe in transcendent worlds and beings. Stories, objects, images, prayers, meditation and rituals can provide ways for people to cope with anxieties about the world, and help form strong social bonds. This in turn helps to make our lives well-ordered and understandable.

This special event is part of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and The British Museum's 'Finding Faith' programme. The events and activities in this programme will explore the role that faith plays in the lives of many of people in Birmingham and across the UK.

This is a free event. Pre-booking is advised.