Preparing for a Visit to the Museum

In Chapter 4 my hero & heroine will visit the British Museum (where ladies apparently fainted on a regular basis when seeing the Elgin Marbles) (Argh! Argh! Full frontal nudity!) (Amy will NOT faint. She grew up with a bunch of male cousins, after all.) So I spent the past few hours researching the history of the British Museum, displays, admission, etc.

In 1817 the museum was housed in the old Montagu House, which was later demolished to make room for the new old building. The collections were open for only a few hours per day, and before 1808 you had to write a letter to the curators first in order to be granted a ticket (thus admission could be nicely restricted to the more “deserving” classes). Apparently there were guided tours, but only 15 people per tour and hour were allowed. The restrictions regulating admission were relaxed after 1808, but in how far, I haven’t yet found out. Still, I think it’s time for Amy to take her bonnet and head towards Russell Street.

3 thoughts on “Preparing for a Visit to the Museum

  1. Kate

    You know they’ll pretty much just let the undeserving walk straight into the British library these days? The nerve of them! *beg*

    Anywho – that’s interesting stuff. I suppose the BM wasn’t as huge then… I mean, there’s so much stuff in there! I could literally spend days.

  2. Sandy

    You know they’ll pretty much just let the undeserving walk straight into the British library these days? The nerve of them! *beg*

    I know. It’s truly shocking! *g*

    Anywho – that’s interesting stuff. I suppose the BM wasn’t as huge then… I mean, there’s so much stuff in there! I could literally spend days.

    Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to properly explore the BM on my last visit to London (I was busy rushing to the Royal Festival Hall to see On Your Toes *g*), put we had a quick peek inside. Wow! And while walking around the Assyrian stuff and through the big gates with the large statues on the left and right, I suddenly knew that such gates must have inspired Michael Ende to create the gate to the Voice of Silence in the Neverending Story. 🙂

    And I made sure to see the Elgin Marbles, of course. (But I didn’t faint! *ggg*)

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