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  • Plan of the British Museum

    Print

    This shows additions to the British Museum built in the 1930s to provide space for the Library department. In the centra...

  • The King’s Library

    Engraving

    The King’s Library was the first part of Sir Robert Smirke’s new British Museum to be constructed. It was built between ...

  • The Large Room and The Arched Room

    Wood engraving

    Soon after its inauguration in 1838, the north wing of the new British Museum was completely filled with books. Work on...

  • The Reading Room

    Engraving

    Lack of reading room space in the British Museum led Antonio Panizzi (1797-1879), the Keeper of Printed Books, to sugges...

  • The South Front of the British Museum, from the Qu...

    Facsimilie of copperplate engraving

    Montagu House was built in Bloomsbury by the Duke of Montagu (1638-1709) in 1676. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1686 an...