Today is the 225th anniversary of the world famous and prestigious British Museum, which was today celebrated with a much coveted Google doodle. In this post we’ll have a brief look at how the museum was founded right through to today, with some of the most memorable exhibitions and scientific findings being made available to the public. The British Museum on Great Russel streat is one of the Uks most valuable establishments and was founded in 1753 by scientist sir Hans Sloane who dedicated all of his rare and curious collections to then King George II. At first the museum housed over 40,000 printed books and 7000 manuscripts making it the greatest resource of information in the world at the time. This was then joined by the Cottonian Library and Harleian library before being joined by the royal library. These libraries would later be separated and from the British Museum and National gallery.
Before we look ate some of the most notable inclusions within the museum, past and present, we’ll fist look at the popularity of the museum. The establishment of the British museum, may not seem like such a big deal today, but at the time it is one of the most fantastic things to happen to the British public. Acess to previously unattainable knowledge was there for the first time and was their for anyone that seaked it. Science and culture wasn’t just something for the upper classes and the smart and could be seen and explained with hard evidence. In addition to all of this, it was also a place for a day out with the family or an Asian escort London.
Finally we move onto the main event, some of the notable and significant inclusions in the British museum of all time. We start at a current inclusion of the ancient mummy of Hornedjitef of Egypt. Hornedjitef is one of the British Museums permanent residents and was an renowned priest in the temple of Amun from 246-222 BC. You immediately get a shiver down the spine when you first see this exhibition with the immense amount of care and intricacy gone into the detail of the inner sarcophagus is outstanding and makes you appreciate of what high regard this man was once held.
One that is particularly popular amongst the Asian escorts in London, is Sir Percival David’s collection of rare and wonderful Chinese ceramics. Priceless pieces of artwork such as Ming Dynasty bowls have their own galleries as to fully appreciate their craftsmanship and importance. This exhibition attracts a lot of attention and is usually dominated by tourists and you will have to struggle to find a view over the Asian escorts and their cameras.
The last is a personal favourite of mine and one that is massively significant in the West’s struggle to understand and appreciate the wonders of the ancient past. However pieces of manuscript such as the Rosetta stone made the lives of scientists and archaeologists that much more interesting and fascinating. The giant Egyptian granodiorite from 196 BC was pivotal in today’s modern understanding of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. On the stone their a three pieces of text, with the top being ancient egyptian hieroglyphics, the second being an early Demotic script, and the final text being in ancient Greek. But because the texts were litteral translations with very little difference through each language, it proved the key to understanding part of the Ancient world. And with that we have our list of the most beautiful and significant inclusions the British museum has brought the world and we can find comfort in the fact that this fantastic institution will be around long after we have gone, and the fantastic gems of human history will continue to exist.