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General plan proposed for the buildings of the Museum, upper floor

General plan proposed for the buildings of the Museum, upper floor

Draughtsman: Richardson, C. J.

Medium: Zincograph

Date: 1836

Shelfmark: Maps Crace Port. 15.20.(3.)

Item number: 20.(3.)

Length: 324

Width: 419

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Plan

Map scale description: ca. 3 3/4" : 200 feet

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This plan shows the upper floor of the new British Museum, built to a design by Robert Smirke. This floor is largely taken up by Natural History exhibits. In 1860 the Trustees of the British Museum held a meeting to discuss the removal of these exhibits to a new building. A competition for the design of this new building resulted in Alfred Waterhouse's present structure, opened in 1881.

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