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05/04/1753 Collection of the British Museum is established


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British parliament bought the collection of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane and made it accessible to the public. The prize was 20 000 pounds, which was far less than the value of the collection. It consisted of 50 000 books and 69 352 items of nature and art. The collection was placed in the Montagu House in the Bloomsbury district in London.
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    • Essentials 

    • Sir Hans Sloane 

    • Foundation (1753) 

    • Cabinet of curiosities (1753–1778) 

    • Indolence and energy (1778–1800) 

    • Growth and change (1800–1825) 

    • The largest building site in Europe (1825–1850) 

    • Collecting from the wider world (1850–1875) 

    • Scholarship and legacies (1875–1900) 

    • New century, new building (1900–1925) 

    • Disruption and reconstruction (1925–1950) 

    • A new public face (1950–1975) 

    • The Great Court emerges (1975–2000) 

    • The British Museum today 

    • Governance 

    • Building 

    • Department of Egypt and Sudan 

    • Department of Greece and Rome 

    • Department of the Middle East 

    • Department of Prints and Drawings 

    • Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory 

    • Department of Asia 

    • Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas 

    • Department of Coins and Medals 

    • Libraries and archives 

    • Artefacts taken from other countries 

    • Disputed items in the collection 

    • BP sponsorship 

    • Trustee appointment