First Night Design | British Museum Has Not Lost Its Charms


The British Museum
The British Museum

“The British Museum has lost its charms,” sang the great Ella Fitzgerald about a foggy day in ‘London Town’. Never will it be so, and with record visitors for 2013 announced yesterday, this spectacular attraction today celebrates 255 years since it was first opened to the public and Google is in on the act.

255th Anniversary of the British Museum
255th Anniversary of the British Museum

If you have yet to visit the museum, my, but you have a treat in store for the collection features a cavalcade of antiquities and cultural objects.

Did you know that if the trustees had not rejected it on the grounds of cost and its location, the site of Buckingham Palace would, instead, have been the British Museum for the gentlemen considered Buckingham House, now occupied by the Palace. They chose Montagu House.

The North Prospect of Mountague House by James Simon c1715
The North Prospect of Montagu House by James Simon c1715
Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum
Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum
The Elgin Marbles
The Elgin Marbles

Perhaps the Museum’s most talked about objects are the spoils of Lord Elgin, the marbles from the Parthenon in Athens. Personally, I believe they should be returned. Do you?

In the meantime, I urge you to plan several visits to make the most of the British Museum.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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9 thoughts on “First Night Design | British Museum Has Not Lost Its Charms

    1. Oh, yes, the divine charm of the snippety fact! I’m with you there. Thank you very much for visiting and commenting. I also write and would love your opinion. Search for Comfort in a Cotton Frock and you’ll see three extracts.

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