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.