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Founded in 1753.

Countries: United Kingdom (46%), (18%), United States (5%)

Main connections: Gebelein predynastic mummies, Natural history museum, British Library

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1753

Egyptian antiquities have formed part of the British Museum collection ever since its foundation in 1753 after receiving 160 Egyptian objects from Sir Hans Sloane add something

 

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane add something

 

The original 1753 collection has grown to over thirteen million objects at the British Museum, 70 million at the Natural History Museum and 150 million at the British Library add something

 

On 7 June 1753, King George II gave his formal assent to the Act of Parliament which established the British Museum add something


1757

In 1757 King George II gave the Old Royal Library and with it the right to a copy of every book published in the country, thereby ensuring that the Museum's library would expand indefinitely add something

 

They were joined in 1757 by the Royal Library, assembled by various British monarchs add something

 

George II of Great Britain - George donated the royal library to the British Museum in 1757, four years after the museum's foundation.


1759

Museum - Another early public museum was the British Museum in London, which opened to the public in 1759

 

Museum - When the British Museum opened to the public in 1759, it was a concern that large crowds could damage the artifacts

 

The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building add something

 

With the acquisition of Montagu House the first exhibition galleries and reading room for scholars opened on 15 January 1759 add something


1772

The earliest Mesopotamian objects to enter the collection were purchased by the British Museum in 1772 from Sir William Hamilton add something

 

The predominance of natural history, books and manuscripts began to lessen when in 1772 the Museum acquired for £8,400 its first significant antiquities in Sir William Hamilton's "first" collection of Greek vases add something


1773

Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford - Lord Aylesford was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1773 and was a trustee of the British Museum between 1787 and 1812


1774

William Hunter (anatomist) - When the famous book collection of Anthony Askew, the "Bibliotheca Askeviana", was auctioned off upon Askew's death in 1774, Hunter purchased many significant volumes in the face of stiff competition from the British Museum


1778

From 1778 a display of objects from the South Seas brought back from the round-the-world voyages of Captain James Cook and the travels of other explorers fascinated visitors with a glimpse of previously unknown lands add something


1781

Royal Society - As a result, the museum was handed to the British Museum in 1781, and the library was extended to two rooms, one of which was used for Council meetings


1784

A list of donations to the Museum, dated 31 January 1784 refers to the Hamilton bequest of a "Colossal Foot of an Apollo in Marble" add something


1800

The bequest of a collection of books, engraved gems, coins, prints and drawings by Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode in 1800 did much to raise the Museum's reputation; but Montagu House became increasingly crowded and decrepit and it was apparent that it would be unable to cope with further expansion add something


1802

In 1802 a Buildings Committee was set up to plan for expansion of the museum, and further highlighted by the donation in 1822 of the King's Library, personal library of King George III's, comprising 65,000 volumes, 19,000 pamphlets, maps, charts and topographical drawings add something


1805

Many Greek sculptures followed, notably the first purpose-built exhibition space, the Charles Towneley collection, much of it Roman Sculpture, in 1805 add something


1806

In 1806, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, ambassador to the Ottoman Empire from 1799 to 1803 removed the large collection of marble sculptures from the Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens and transferred them to the UK. In 1816 these masterpieces of western art, were acquired by The British Museum by Act of Parliament and deposited in the museum thereafter add something


1808

Since its foundation in 1808 the Prints and Drawings collection has grown to international renown as one of the richest and most representative collections in the world add something


1813

William Elford Leach - In 1813, Leach returned to his zoological interests and was employed as assistant librarian in the Zoological Department at the British Museum


1815

The collections were supplemented by the Bassae frieze from Phigaleia, Greece in 1815 add something


1818

Gifts and purchases from Henry Salt, British Consul General in Egypt, beginning with the Colossal bust of Ramesses II in 1818, laid the foundations of the collection of Egyptian Monumental Sculpture add something


1823

The dilapidated Old Montagu House was demolished and work on the King's Library Gallery began in 1823 add something


1824

However, following the founding of the National Gallery, London in 1824, the proposed Picture Gallery was no longer needed, and the space on the upper floor was given over to the Natural History collections add something


1825

The Ancient Near Eastern collection had its beginnings in 1825 with the purchase of Assyrian and Babylonian antiquities from the widow of Claudius James Rich add something


1827

The King's Library, on the ground floor of the East Wing, was handed over in 1827, and was described as one of the finest rooms in London although it was not fully open to the general public until 1857, however, special openings were arranged during The Great Exhibition of 1851 add something


1831

The extension, the East Wing, was completed by 1831 add something


1832

George Agar-Ellis, 1st Baron Dover - He was president of the Royal Society of Literature in 1832, a trustee of the British Museum and of the National Gallery, and a commissioner of public records


1833

Henry Octavius Coxe - Immediately on taking his degree in 1833, he began work in the manuscript department of the British Museum, became in 1838 sub-librarian of the Bodleian, at Oxford , and in 1860 succeeded Dr. Bulkeley Bandinel as head librarian, an office he held until his death in 1881


1836

Samuel Birch - After brief employment in the Record Office, he obtained, in 1836, an appointment to the antiquities department of the British Museum


1838

Menkaure - The sarcophagus was removed from the pyramid and was sent by ship to the British Museum in London, but the merchant ship Beatrice carrying it was lost after leaving port at Malta on October 13, 1838


1840

In 1840 the Museum became involved in its first overseas excavations, Charles Fellows's expedition to Xanthos, in Asia Minor, whence came remains of the tombs of the rulers of ancient Lycia, among them the Nereid and Payava monuments add something

 

In the 1840s and 1850s the Museum supported excavations in Assyria by A.H. Layard and others at sites such as Nimrud and Nineveh add something


1845

The collection was dramatically enlarged by the excavations of A. H. Layard at the Assyrian sites of Nimrud and Nineveh between 1845 and 1851 add something

 

Samuel Pickworth Woodward - A son of the geologist Samuel Woodward, S. P. Woodward became in 1845 professor of geology and natural history in the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and in 1848 was appointed assistant in the department of geology and mineralogy in the British Museum


1847

William Buckland - In 1847, he was appointed a trustee in the British Museum and, in 1848, he was awarded the Wollaston Medal, by the Geological Society of London

 

The books arrived in January 1847 in twenty-one horse-drawn vans add something


1850

W. K. Loftus excavated in Nimrud between 1850 and 1855 and found a remarkable hoard of ivories in the Burnt Palace add something


1851

Until the mid-19th century, the Museum's collections were relatively circumscribed but, in 1851, with the appointment to the staff of Augustus Wollaston Franks to curate the collections, the Museum began for the first time to collect British and European medieval antiquities, prehistory, branching out into Asia and diversifying its holdings of ethnography add something


1852

The opening of the forecourt in 1852 marked the completion of Robert Smirke's 1823 plan, but already adjustments were having to be made to cope with the unforeseen growth of the collections add something

 

The pediment over the main entrance is decorated by sculptures by Sir Richard Westmacott depicting "The Progress of Civilisation", consisting of fifteen allegorical figures, installed in 1852 add something


1855

Immanuel Oscar Menahem Deutsch - In 1855 Deutsch was appointed assistant in the library of the British Museum


1857

In 1857 Charles Newton was to discover the 4th-century BC Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World add something

 

Infill galleries were constructed for Assyrian sculptures and Sydney Smirke's Round Reading Room, with space for a million books, opened in 1857 add something

 

The Round Reading Room, which was designed by the architect Sydney Smirke, opened in 1857 add something


1858

John Clifford (minister) - In 1858, he was called to the Praed Street chapel, Paddington , and while officiating there he attended University College and pursued his education by working at the British Museum

 

Jack jumper ant - The ant was first identified in 1858 by British entomologist Frederick Smith in his "Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum part VI", under the binomial name "Myrmecia pilosula" from specimens he collected in Hobart in Tasmania


1863

Robert Hay (Egyptologist) - After his death in East Lothian, Scotland, in 1863, Hay's collection of Egyptian antiquities was sold to the British Museum, though some objects were purchased by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1872


1864

James Cockle - A volume containing his scientific and mathematical researches made during the years 1864–1877 was presented to the British Museum in 1897 by his widow


1866

By 1866 the collection consisted of some 10,000 objects add something


1870

The great eleven volume Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum compiled between 1870 and 1954 is the definitive reference work for the study of British Satirical prints add something

 

Theo Marzials - In 1870 Marzials started work at the British Museum as a junior assistant in the librarian's office


1874

Stanley Lane-Poole - Born in London, England, from 1874 to 1892 he worked in the British Museum, and after that in Egypt researching on Egyptian archaeology

 

Stanley Gibbons - In 1874 Gibbons moved to a house near Clapham Common in South London and in 1876 he moved again to Gower Street in Bloomsbury near the British Museum


1878

Between 1878 and 1882 Rassam greatly improved the Museum's holdings with exquisite objects including the Cyrus Cylinder from Babylon, the bronze gates from Balawat, and a fine collection of Urartian bronzes add something


1879

Forsbrook Pendant - The "'Forsbrook Pendant"' is an piece of Anglo Saxon jewellery found in Forsbrook, Staffordshire, England and sold to the British Museum in 1879

 

Forsbrook Pendant - A 'young lady' took it to Isaac Whitehurst of Swan Bank, Congleton, and he wrote offering it for sale, to the British Museum, who accepted, and whose receipt, dated 28 June 1879, is for £15


1881

M. E. Grant Duff - He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1881, and was appointed a trustee of the British Museum in 1903


1882

In 1882 the Museum was involved in the establishment of the independent Egypt Exploration Fund the first British body to carry out research in Egypt add something


1884

With the departure and the completion of the new White Wing in 1884, more space was available for antiquities and ethnography and the library could further expand add something

 

John Downman - In 1884 the trustees of the British Museum acquired, by purchase, a volume containing numerous coloured drawings by Downman, among which were several portraits, now separately mounted


1885

Thomas Davidson (palaeontologist) - He died at Brighton on the 14 October 1885, bequeathing his fine collection of recent and fossil brachiopoda to the British Museum


1887

Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum in South Kensington in 1887 add something

 

The natural history collections were an integral part of the British Museum until their removal to the new British Museum of Natural History, now the Natural History Museum, in 1887 add something


1888

Londesborough Brooch - Since 1888, it has been part of the British Museum's collection

 

Londesborough Brooch - The British Museum purchased the brooch in 1888


1889

Frederic G. Kenyon - After graduating B.A. at the University of Oxford , he joined the British Museum in 1889 and rose to be its Director and Principal Librarian by 1909


1892

A bequest from Miss Emma Turner (J._M._W._Turner) in 1892 financed excavations in Cyprus add something


1893

Alexander Cunningham - Cunningham died in London on 28 November 1893; today, his collection of rare Indian coins is displayed in the British Museum


1894

Alexander Cunningham - Some of his collections were lost but most of the gold and silver coins and a fine group of Buddhist sculptures and jewellery were bought by the British Museum in 1894


1895

In 1895 the trustees purchased the 69 houses surrounding the Museum with the intention of demolishing them and building around the West, North and East sides of the Museum add something

 

In 1895, Parliament gave the Museum Trustees a loan of £200,000 to purchase from the Duke of Bedford all 69 houses which backed onto the Museum building in the five surrounding streets - Great Russell Street, Montague Street, Montague Place, Bedford Square and Bloomsbury Street add something

 

Gebelein predynastic mummies - In 1895 E. A. Wallis Budge, on behalf of the British Museum, procured inscribed coffins and funerary furniture from the 12th Dynasty tombs at Al-Barshah by working with the Egyptian Service of Antiquities


1897

In 1897 the death of the great collector and curator, A.W. Franks, was followed by an immense bequest of 3,300 finger rings, 153 drinking vessels, 512 pieces of continental porcelain, 1,500 netsuke, 850 inro, over 30,000 bookplates and miscellaneous items of jewellery and plate, among them the Oxus Treasure add something

 

The Achaemenid collection was enhanced with the addition of the Oxus Treasure in 1897, by acquisition from the German scholar Ernst Herzfeld, and by the work of Sir Aurel Stein add something


1898

In 1898 Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild bequeathed the glittering contents from his New Smoking Room at Waddesdon Manor as the "'Waddesdon Bequest"' add something

 

The British Museum was run from its inception by a 'Principal Librarian' , a role that was renamed 'Director and Principal Librarian' in 1898, and 'Director' in 1973 add something

 

Calligraphy - After studying published copies of manuscripts by architect William Harrison Cowlishaw, he was introduced to William Lethaby in 1898, principal of the Central School of Arts and Crafts,who advised him to study manuscripts at the British Museum


1899

Lionel Barnett - In 1899, he joined the British Museum as Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts


1900

Gebelein predynastic mummies - The bodies were given to the British Museum in 1900

 

Gebelein predynastic mummies - The mummies were acquired by the British Museum in 1900


1901

Gebelein predynastic mummies - From 1901 the first body excavated has remained on display in the British Museum


1903

Towcester - A stone female head, that mixes Celtic and Roman styles, was found on Watling Street outside the town and was given to the British Museum in 1903

 

The Art Fund - Since its foundation in 1903 the Fund has been involved in the acquisition of over 860,000 works of art of every kind, including many of the most famous objects in British public collections, such as Velázquez's "Rokeby Venus" in the National Gallery, Picasso's "Weeping Woman" in the Tate collection, the Anglo-Saxon Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the medieval Canterbury Astrolabe Quadrant in the British Museum


1905

Oscar Wilde - Ross published a version of the letter expurgated of all references to Douglas in 1905 with the title "De Profundis", expanding it slightly for an edition of Wilde's collected works in 1908, and donated it to the British Museum on the understanding that it would not be made public until 1960


1906

Of this grand plan only the Edward VII galleries in the centre of the North Front were ever constructed, these were built 1906-14 to the design by J.J. Burnet, and opened by King George V and Queen Mary in 1914 add something

 

The first stage was the construction of the northern wing beginning 1906 add something


1911

In the 20th century excavations were carried out at Carchemish, Turkey, between 1911 and 1914 and in 1920 by D. G. Hogarth and Leonard Woolley, the latter assisted by T. E. Lawrence add something


1912

Campbell Dodgson - He was the Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in 1912–1932


1915

Woodcut - A remarkable example of this technique is the 1915 "Portrait of Otto Müller" woodcut print from the collection of the British Museum


1918

In 1918, because of the threat of wartime bombing, some objects were evacuated to a Postal Tube Railway at Holborn, the National Library of Wales and a country house near Malvern add something


1919

On the return of antiquities from wartime storage in 1919 some objects were found to have deteriorated add something


1920

A group of stone reliefs from the excavations of Max von Oppenheim at Tell Halaf, purchased in 1920 add something

 

A temporary conservation laboratory was set up in May 1920 and became a permanent department in 1931 add something


1922

Woolley went onto to excavate Ur between 1922 and 1934, discovering the 'Royal Cemeteries' of the 3rd millennium BC. Some of the masterpieces include the 'Standard of Ur', the 'Ram in a Thicket', the 'Royal Game of Ur', and two bull-headed lyres add something

 

James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater - He was a Trustee of the British Museum from 1922–1931 and a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery from 1925


1923

In 1923 the British Museum welcomed over one million visitors add something


1924

The collection stood at 57,000 objects by 1924 add something


1926

Mount Zuqualla - Dr Scott, on behalf of Cambridge University and the British Museum, secured a large and valuable entomological collection near Zuqualla in 1926


1930

Floridante - The manuscript of the final chorus from the opera was discovered in the 1930s, and filled out the autograph manuscript in the Royal collection at the British Museum


1931

In 1931 the art dealer Sir Joseph Duveen offered funds to build a gallery for the Parthenon sculptures add something


1938

Although completed in 1938, it was hit by a bomb in 1940 and remained semi-derelict for 22 years, before reopening in 1962 add something

 

Designed by the American architect John Russell Pope, it was completed in 1938 add something


1939

However, in August 1939, due to the imminence of war and the likelihood of air-raids the Parthenon Sculptures along with Museum's most valued collections were dispersed to secure basements, country houses, Aldwych tube station, the National Library of Wales and a quarry add something


1940

The evacuation was timely, for in 1940 the Duveen Gallery was severely damaged by bombing add something


1947

Selfridges - In 1947, it was given to the British Museum


1949

Strickland Brooch - Sold by Mrd W. H. Strickland at a Sotheby's auction in 1949 to an American buyer, it was denied an export license and was acquired by the British Museum in the same year


1950

J. O. M. Roberts - He acted as bird-collector for the British Museum during the 1950 expedition, and maintained an aviary in Pokhara where he bred pheasants


1953

In 1953 the Museum celebrated its bicentenary add something


1959

By 1959 the Coins and Medals office suite, completely destroyed during the war, was rebuilt and re-opened, attention turned towards the gallery work with new tastes in design leading to the remodelling of Robert Smirke's Classical and Near Eastern galleries add something


1960

Euan MacKie - On returning to the United Kingdom in 1960 he worked for a six months as temporary assistant in the old Department of Ethnography in the British Museum before taking up a curatorial post in the Hunterian Museum of the University of Glasgow in charge of prehistoric collections, later in charge of ethnographical collections as well


1962

In 1962 the Duveen Gallery was finally restored and the Parthenon Sculptures were moved back into it, once again at the heart of the museum add something


1963

A board of 25 trustees is responsible for the general management and control of the Museum, in accordance with the British Museum Act 1963 and the Museums and Galleries Act 1992 add something

 

In 1963 a new Act of Parliament introduced administrative reforms add something

 

Prior to the 1963 Act, it was chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor and the Speaker of the House of Commons add something

 

These were donated by Professor Fred Wendorf of Southern Methodist University in Texas, and comprise the entire collection of artefacts and environmental remains from his excavations between 1963 and 1997 add something


1964

Many changes followed: the first full-time in house designer and publications officer were appointed in 1964, A Friends organization was set up in 1968, an Education Service established in 1970 and publishing house in 1973 add something


1966

Dunstable Swan Jewel - After its excavation, the jewel was bought by the British Museum in 1966 for £5,000, of which £666 was a grant from the Art Fund ; other contributions were made by the Pilgrim Trust and the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths


1967

Kenneth Clark - He was Chancellor of the University of York from 1967 to 1978 and a trustee of the British Museum

 

Gebelein predynastic mummies - In 1967 a series of X-rays and photographs of all mummified bodies in the British Museum's Egyptian Antiquities collection provided a detailed analysis for the mummies from the Gebelein excavations


1968

Charles Hambro, Baron Hambro - He was a trustee of the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses from 1968, and a trustee of the British Museum from 1984 to 1994

 

The British Museum Friends - "'The British Museum Friends"' is a registered charitable organisation in the UK with close links to the British Museum, and was set up in 1968


1970

By the 1970s the Museum was again expanding add something

 

The ethnography collections, which had been housed in the short-lived Museum of Mankind at 6 Burlington Gardens from 1970, were returned to new purpose-built galleries add something

 

Martin Lings - After completing his doctorate, Lings worked at the British Museum and later British Library, overseeing eastern manuscripts and other textual works, rising to the position of Keeper of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts 1970-73


1972

More services for the public were introduced; visitor numbers soared, with the temporary exhibition "Treasures of Tutankhamun" in 1972, attracting 1,694,117 visitors, the most successful in British history add something

 

Tutankhamun - This exhibition was first shown in London at the British Museum from 30 March until 30 September 1972


1973

"British Museum Press" is the publishing business of British Museum Company , a registered charity established in 1973 to encompass all commercial activity undertaken add something


1974

John Kendrew - From 1974 to 1979 he was a Trustee of the British Museum, and from 1974 to 1988 he was successively Secretary General, Vice-President, and President of the International Council of Scientific Unions

 

John Kendrew - From 1974 to 1979, he was a Trustee of the British Museum and from 1974 to 1988 he was successively Secretary General, Vice-President and President of the International Council of Scientific Unions


1980

It was not until the 1980s that the installation, of a lighting scheme removed his greatest criticism of the building add something


1986

Dunstable Swan Jewel - "Catalogue of the Waddesdon Bequest in the British Museum", 1986, British Museum Press,


1989

The British Museum Friends - The "'American Friends of the British Museum"' was set up in 1989 as a not-for-profit organization whose principal purpose is raising awareness and financial support for the British Museum


1990

Penrith Hoard - The brooches were declared to be "treasure trove" at an inquest held in Penrith on 23 July 1990, and entered the British Museum in 1991, joined by the other hoard in 2009


1992

Wu Guanzhong - London: Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum, 1992.


1994

Tarragona - The 24-line Latin inscription describes the Governor and Senator's career as an ally of the future Roman Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus, who fought in the civil war following the assassination of Commodus in 192 AD. This important marble block was purchased by the British Museum in 1994


1997

Ethnographical fieldwork was carried out in places as diverse as New Guinea, Madagascar, Romania, Guatemala and Indonesia and there were excavations in the Near East, Egypt, Sudan and the UK. The Weston Gallery of Roman Britain, opened in 1997, displayed a number of recently discovered hoards which demonstrated the richness of what had been considered an unimportant part of the Roman Empire add something

 

The Government suggested a site at St Pancras for the new British Library but the books did not leave the museum until 1997 add something

 

The Reading Room closed in 1997 when the national library moved to a new building at St Pancras add something

 

Until 1997, when the British Library moved to a new site, the British Museum was unique in that it housed both a national museum of antiquities and a national library in the same building add something

 

Jacques Bellange - In 1997 a European exhibition based on an American private collection went to the British Museum, &Rijksmuseum_Amsterdam and Statens Museum, Copenhagen, as well as the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh


1998

The books remained here until the British Library moved to St Pancras in 1998 add something

 

The departure of the British Library to a new site at St Pancras, finally achieved in 1998, provided the space needed for the books add something

 

Gwyneth Dunwoody - In 1998, she gained headlines around the world when she clashed with New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani urging the return of the original Winnie the Pooh dolls from Donnell Library Center to the British Museum after she said she "detected sadness" in their display behind bulletproof glass in the United States library


2000

The Great Court, opened in 2000, while undoubtedly improving circulation around the museum, was criticised for having a lack of exhibition space at a time when the museum was in serious financial difficulties and many galleries were closed to the public add something


2001

In autumn 2001 the 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 add something

 

Braganza Brooch - After being loaned to the British Museum for 7 years, it was purchased by the museum in 2001

 

William Hamilton (diplomat) - Constantine 2001: 39-44 During the his first leave in 1771 Hamilton arranged the sale of his collection to the British Museum for £8,400

 

Braganza Brooch - Since its discovery in unknown circumstances in the nineteenth century, it has belonged to a variety of owners before being purchased by the British Museum in 2001

 

Julian Cope - This resulted in his 2001 album "Discover Odin" being a limited-edition tie-in with a talk he had given at the British Museum, featuring a mixture of spoken-word tracks exploring Nordic mythology and various musical tracks including a Cope setting of the epic Norse poem "Hávamál"


2002

Since 2002 the director of the museum has been Neil MacGregor add something

 

Richard Hamilton (artist) - In 2002, the British Museum staged an exhibition of Hamilton's illustrations of James Joyce's Ulysses, entitled Imaging Ulysses.

 

Aurel Stein - Proceedings of the British Museum Study Day, 2002"


2003

Antony Gormley - Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003 and a Trustee of the British Museum since 2007.

 

Waagner-Biro - Waagner-Biro won another award in 2003 for the British Museum's Queen Elizabeth II Great Court

 

Zahi Hawass - In July 2003 the Egyptians requested the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum


2004

Gebelein predynastic mummies - After the Human Tissue Act 2004, the British Museum has developed policies for ethical treatment of human remains and no longer uses this nickname

 

Tipu Sultan - Till April 2004, they were kept on display at the British Museum London as gifts to the museum from Maj-Gen August us W.H. Meyrick and Nancy Dowager


2005

Stephen Green, Baron Green of Hurstpierpoint - In 2005 he was appointed a Trustee of the British Museum, a position from which he resigned before his appointment to Minister of State

 

David Milne (artist) - In 2005, an exhibit of Milne's watercolours traveled from the British Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and finally to the Art Gallery of Ontario

 

Metaphor (designers) - Metaphor first worked at the British Museum when they designed the hugely successful exhibition on Michelangelo in 2005


2006

Avigdor Arikha - From July 2006-January 2007 there was an exhibition at the British Museum of Arikha's bequest to it of one hundred prints and drawings


2007

Tom Hiddleston - He narrated the audio book "The Red Necklace" by Sally Gardner in 2007, along with the British Museum on "the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead" in 2011 and poetry for "iF Poems" and "The Love Book" on iTunes in 2012

 

London International Documentary Festival - The festival first took place at the British Museum on 17 March 2007

 

This project was announced in July 2007, with the architects Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners add something


2008

Manchester Museum - Lindow Man was on display for a year from April 2008 after being exhibited at the British Museum


2009

Iran Heritage Foundation - In 2009, Iran Heritage Foundation in association with the British Museum opens the 'Abbas I of Persia: the remaking of Iran' exhibition in London

 

It was granted planning permission in December 2009 and is expected for completion by 2013 add something


2010

Jamie Allan Brown - He was later awarded by the Marsh Christian Trust and British Museum Volunteer of the Year 2010 for Scotland Region for his voluntary work with Glasgow Museums

 

Hornedjitef - These related objects were chosen as the first of the hundred objects selected by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor in the 2010 BBC Radio 4 series "A History of the World in 0100 Objects"

 

John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover - In September 2010 he donated £25m to the British Museum, which the BBC reported as the biggest gift to the arts in two decades


2011

A 2011 donation of £1 million enabled the museum to acquire a complete set of Pablo Picasso's "Vollard Suite" add something

 

Grayson Perry - In 2011 Grayson Perry curated the Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum.


2012

As part of its very large website, the museum has the largest online database of objects in the collection of any museum in the world, with 2,000,000 individual object entries, 650,000 of them illustrated, online at the start of 2012 add something

 

Shakespeare Schools Festival - In 2012 SSF was invited by the British Museum education department to run workshops for secondary school students visiting the Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition

 

Aurochs - In 2012, an archaeological mission of the British Museum, led by Lebanese archaeologist Claude Doumet Serhal, discovered at the site of the old American school in Sidon, Lebanon, the remains of wild animal bones, including those of an aurochs, dating from the late fourth-early third millennium

 

Brooch of Lorn - It was rarely seen in public until it was loaned to an exhibition in the British Museum in London in 2012


2014

Iran Heritage Foundation - In January 2014 John Curtis, formerly Keeper of the Middle East Department at the British Museum, was appointed CEO. Since 2012 the IHF has been based at Asia House in New Cavendish Street, and in 2015 the IHF introduced for the first time a membership scheme and a regular series of monthly events at Asia house

 

Night at the Museum (film series) - On January 9, 2014, it was announced that Rebel Wilson would play a security guard in the British Museum

 

Night at the Museum (film series) - On January 23, 2014, it was announced Ben Kingsley would play an Egyption Pharaoh at the British Museum

 

Plans were announced in September 2014 to recreate the entire building along with all exhibits in the video game "Minecraft" in conjunction with members of the public add something


2015

These terms are still observed, and the collection occupies room 45, although it will move to new quarters in 2015 add something

 

Martin Sorrell - In 2015 he was a Trustee of the British Museum

 

John Micklethwait - In 2015 he was a Trustee of the British Museum

 

Cheryl Carolus - In 2015 she was a Trustee of the British Museum

 

Wolfgang Tillmans - In 2015, he was commissioned with creating the official portrait of retiring British Museum director Neil McGregor, which was subsequently acquired by the museum as the first photograph portrait in a tradition stretching back 250 years

 

In April 2015, MacGregor announced that he will step down as Director of the British Museum on 15th December 2015 add something

 

Horology - Other horological museums in the London area include the Clockmakers' Museum, which re-opened at the Science Museum in October 2015, and the horological collections at the British Museum, the Science Museum and at the Wallace Collection

 

In April 2015, MacGregor announced that he will step down as Director of the British Museum on 15 December 2015 add something


2016

Marylyn Stanley, Deputy Director with responsibility for the Museum's fabric and infrastructure, retired in 2016; the post is currently vacant add something

 

Grove Art Online, Oxford Art Online, Oxford University Press, accessed 19 November 2016, ://www add something


2017

Mary Beard (classicist) - On 3 March 2017, Beard gave a lecture on "Women in Power" at the British Museum as part of the London Review of Books winter lecture series


2018

Though not a part of Ancient Egypt but rather part of the wider modern Egypt project, in May 2018, the British Museum added the boots of Egyptian footballer, Mo Salah add something