Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia (fully booked)

2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. Feared, loathed, admired – but over time forgotten… Until now.

This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 800 and 200 BC. Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice. Many of the objects in this stunning exhibition are on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

If you would like to know more about who the Scythians were – listen to this introduction by exhibition curator St John Simpson.


Live audio described tour with handling session

Led by exhibition curator Chloe Leighton and VocalEyes audio describer Lonny Evans, this tour will explore highlights of the exhibition. Tours are accompanied by a handling session. Another tour takes place on Saturday 7 October.

£13 exhibition entry. Members free. A disabled person’s assistant is free.

Tickets are limited and booking is essential, please email: [email protected] or phone: 020 7323 8971.

Please note, there will be no recorded audio description for this exhibition.


Resources for blind and partially sighted people

  • Large print descriptions with images

A book containing a self-led descriptive tour for partially sighted visitors is available at the start of the exhibition. It contains descriptions of ten objects selected from the exhibition, each with a simplified black and white diagram. Key features in the diagrams are labelled. A tactile version of the images with labels in Braille is also available. Objects that are described in the book have an eye symbol on the object label.

  • Hands on desk

Visitors can handle objects connected to the exhibition on the Hands on desk open daily from 11.00-16.00 in the exhibition foyer.

  • Large print exhibition text

Exhibition text is available in 22 point, split across two books – one at the start and one two thirds of the way through the exhibition.

  • PDF or HTML exhibition text

Once the exhibition opens, you will be able to access exhibition text as a PDF or html on the website. If you use html you can save the webpage to your device before your visit and, using your device’s accessibility settings, adapt the font size and colour contrast to your requirements or use with a screen reader.

Booking contact email [email protected]


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