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Browse our collection of exhibition catalogues from current and past shows at the British Museum together with collection catalogues and children's books. The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Find information Find out what's on, book your tickets in advance or. Scholarly publications. Award-winning illustrated books for academics and students. All academic publications · Exhibition books · More about the British.
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Jet lag was settling in. Most of the special exhibits are housed there and require you to pay admission to see them. By now, crowds had gathered at the entrance, and had swarmed the more popular exhibits. The BM heh is one of the best museums in the world. Personally, I love staying in Bloomsbury, so I often have the luxury of just walking here. World history buffs will pee their pants with excitement. Admission is blissfully free, and the museum is open daily from 10am to pm, and open late on Fridays.
If you have time, considering popping out to grab a bite and a breather, then returning later. The ethnography collections, which had been housed in the short-lived Museum of Mankind at 6 Burlington Gardens from , were returned to new purpose-built galleries in the museum in The museum again readjusted its collecting policies as interest in "modern" objects: prints, drawings, medals and the decorative arts reawakened. The Weston Gallery of Roman Britain, opened in , displayed a number of recently discovered hoards which demonstrated the richness of what had been considered an unimportant part of the Roman Empire.
The museum turned increasingly towards private funds for buildings, acquisitions and other purposes. The museum nevertheless preserves its universality in its collections of artefacts representing the cultures of the world, ancient and modern.
The original collection has grown to over 13 million objects at the British Museum, 70 million at the Natural History Museum and million at the British Library. For almost years researchers came here to consult the museum's vast library. Today it has been transformed into the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Centre.
With the bookstacks in the central courtyard of the museum empty, the demolition for Lord Foster 's glass-roofed Great Court could begin. The Great Court, opened in , while undoubtedly improving circulation around the museum, was criticised for having a lack of exhibition space at a time when the museum was in serious financial difficulties and many galleries were closed to the public.
Its head is the Director of the British Museum.
The British Museum was run from its inception by a 'principal librarian' when the book collections were still part of the museum , a role that was renamed 'director and principal librarian' in , and 'director' in on the separation of the British Library.
The board was formed on the museum's inception to hold its collections in trust for the nation without actually owning them themselves, and now fulfil a mainly advisory role.
Trustee appointments are governed by the regulatory framework set out in the code of practice on public appointments issued by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The pediment over the main entrance is decorated by sculptures by Sir Richard Westmacott depicting The Progress of Civilisation, consisting of fifteen allegorical figures, installed in The construction commenced around the courtyard with the East Wing The King's Library in —, followed by the North Wing in —, which originally housed among other galleries a reading room, now the Wellcome Gallery.
Work was also progressing on the northern half of the West Wing The Egyptian Sculpture Gallery —, with Montagu House demolished in to make room for the final part of the West Wing, completed in , and the South Wing with its great colonnade, initiated in and completed in , when the Front Hall and Great Staircase were opened to the public.
The next major addition was the White Wing — added behind the eastern end of the South Front, the architect being Sir John Taylor. The architect Sir John James Burnet was petitioned to put forward ambitious long-term plans to extend the building on all three sides. Most of the houses in Montague Place were knocked down a few years after the sale.
Of this grand plan only the Edward VII galleries in the centre of the North Front were ever constructed, these were built —14 to the design by J. They now house the museum's collections of Prints and Drawings and Oriental Antiquities. There was not enough money to put up more new buildings, and so the houses in the other streets are nearly all still standing.
Although completed in , it was hit by a bomb in and remained semi-derelict for 22 years, before reopening in Other areas damaged during World War II bombing included: in September two unexploded bombs hit the Edward VII galleries, the King's Library received a direct hit from a high explosive bomb, incendiaries fell on the dome of the Round Reading Room but did little damage; on the night of 10 to 11 May several incendiaries fell on the south-west corner of the museum, destroying the book stack and , books in the courtyard and the galleries around the top of the Great Staircase — this damage was not fully repaired until the early s.
The roof is a glass and steel construction, built by an Austrian steelwork company,  with 1, uniquely shaped panes of glass.
The Reading Room is open to any member of the public who wishes to read there. It was granted planning permission in December and was completed in time for the Viking exhibition in March A collection of immense importance for its range and quality, it includes objects of all periods from virtually every site of importance in Egypt and the Sudan.
Together, they illustrate every aspect of the cultures of the Nile Valley including Nubia , from the Predynastic Neolithic period c. After the defeat of the French forces under Napoleon at the Battle of the Nile in , the Egyptian antiquities collected were confiscated by the British army and presented to the British Museum in These works, which included the famed Rosetta Stone , were the first important group of large sculptures to be acquired by the museum. Thereafter, the UK appointed Henry Salt as consul in Egypt who amassed a huge collection of antiquities, some of which were assembled and transported with great ingenuity by the famous Italian explorer Giovanni Belzoni.
By the collection consisted of some 10, objects. Antiquities from excavations started to come to the museum in the latter part of the 19th century as a result of the work of the Egypt Exploration Fund under the efforts of E.