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The British Museum


The Main Entrance the British Museum by Sir Robert Smirke.

The pediment of the Museum is by Sir Richard Westmacott and represents the 'Progress of Civilisation'

'Man is represented emerging from a rude savage state through the influence of Religion.'


Guided tour 1784:

'We began to move pretty fast ... I asked .. whether there was none to inform us what the curiositiees were?.. '

'What, would you have me tell you everything in the Museum? How is it possible? Besides, are not the names written upon many of them?'

In about 30 minutes we finished our silent journey through this princely mansion...'

1784 William Hutton quoted from Hudson, K 'A Social History Of Museums'' Mcmillan 1975



Page updated 7th January 2008

Lecture by Kevin Flude - prepared for 'Creative Practice in Narrative Environments'

MA course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design & developed for University College Worcester

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