British Museum And Egypt’s Treasures, A Place To Visit
The British Museum is dedicated to Arts, Human History and Culture. Located in Bloomsbury area of London, British Museum has over 8 million works across all continents, which is illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Established back in 1753 by the works of Scientist and Physicist Sir Hans Sloane, British Museum is one among the largest of its kind. British Museum firstly open its door for public on 15th January 1759.
Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Egyptian antiquities were part of British Museum since its inception in 1753. About 160 pieces were brought from Sir Hans Sloane collection. After the defeat of the French in the battle of Nile in 1801 under Napoleon, Egyptian things were confiscated by the British army and was given-off to the British Museum. Now it houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (with over 100,000 pieces) outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Rosetta Stone is one among the famous works from Egypt, which was brought to this museum in the late 19th century. By 1866, the collection arose to some 10,000 objects. Other organisations and individuals also excavated and donated objects to the British Museum.
By 2001 eight million objects forming the Museum’s permanent collection were further expanded by the addition of six million objects from the Wendorf Collection of Egyptian and Sudanese Prehistory.
The seven permanent Egyptian galleries at the Museum, includes largest exhibition space (Room 4, for monumental sculpture), can display only 4% of its Egyptian holdings. The second-floor galleries have a selection of the museum’s collection of 140 mummies and coffins, the largest outside Cairo. A high proportion of the collection comes from tombs or contexts associated with the cult of the dead.
The Museum is led by a board of 25 Trustees and the Director, formerly Neil MacGregor, and as of spring 2016 Dr Hartwig Fischer. The British Museum relies on funding from a wide range of sources and there are many ways that people can donate to help ensure the display, care and preservation of the collection for future generations. For those who interest to support and keep this legendary museum well maintained, you can donate to British Museum through its website.