FOR ALL STUDIOUS AND CURIOUS PERSONS
If truth is not to be found on the shelves of the British Museum, where, I asked myself, picking up a notebook and a pencil, is truth?
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
When the British Museum first opened its doors to the public on 15 January 1759, it was housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montague House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today’s building. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious persons’.
Today, 255 years later, I was one of the very last visitors to leave at closing time. I offer here a pithy reflection to mark this particular milestone in the Museum’s history.
|The original proposed ticket for admission to view the Museum’s
collection, located in the Trustees Original Papers of 1757.
Don’t miss Part Two of ‘To Make a Beginning’, published earlier today.
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