British Museum


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Cultural formation Florence Farr
FF was fascinated by the occult and became immersed in the society. She took her spiritual studies very seriously, and spent a great deal of time in the British Museum reading room. After an internal...
death Anna Brownell Jameson
The onset of her final illness followed on long hours of work in the British Museum , where she was assembling the fifth volume of Sacred and Legendary Art, and a walk home in a snowstorm.
Thomas, Clara. Love and Work Enough: The Life of Anna Jameson. University of Toronto Press.
Johnston, Judith. Anna Jameson: Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters. Scolar Press.
Dedications Evelyn Underhill
She dedicated the novel to her friend Alice Herbert (wife of Jack Herbert , Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum ), who introduced Evelyn Underhill to the treasure trove of medieval manuscripts in his keeping.
Greene, Dana. Evelyn Underhill: Artist of the Infinite Life. Crossroad.
Underhill, Evelyn. The Grey World. William Heinemann.
Education Freya Stark
In Baghdad she studied Persian, Arabic, the Koran, and other aspects of Islamic culture, and once back from this expedition she spent much time studying the history of Middle Eastern cults at the British Museum .
Education Charlotte Stopes
She was later a freelance research student at both the Public Record Office and the British Museum .
Who Was Who. A. and C. Black.
Education Mary Kingsley
MK began to study under Albert Karl Günther , Keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum and specialist in the study of fish and reptiles.
Frank, Katherine. A Voyager Out: The Life of Mary Kingsley. Houghton Mifflin.
Education Agnes Strickland
Elizabeth and AS were studying history and palaeography (early handwriting) in the British Museum .
Blain, Virginia et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Education Margaret Gatty
Margaret's father's house was crammed with books, selected by taste not by method. He seems to have felt it not only natural but satisfactory when the little girls pursued their own studies among the books...
Education Elizabeth Rigby
While in Germany, she learned German and developed an appreciation of German arts which informs her later writings. (She also taught herself Russian while living with her sister in the Baltics.)
Lochhead, Marion C. Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake. John Murray.
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Education Eliza Lynn Linton
Eliza Lynn spent her first year in London reading in the British Museum and writing.
Education Dora Russell
After finishing her degree course at Girton College , Dora Black (later Russell ) studied French, and eighteenth-century French literature in particular, at University College, London . She did her work mainly in the British Museum
Education Jane Ellen Harrison
In LondonJEH was free to explore those aspects of Greek culture not covered by her degree, especially Greek art.
Briggs, Julia. “The Wives of Herr Bear”. London Review of Books, pp. 24-5.
A mentor, colleague, and friend in her research was Charles Newton , Keeper of...
Education John Oliver Hobbes
She then attended a number of schools: a boarding establishment at Newbury in Berkshire between 1876 and 1877 (run by the Misses Godwin), a school in Paris from 1880 to 1881 (she was fluent in...
Employer Buchi Emecheta
BE , needing money to support herself and her children, worked as a library officer in the British Museum (where the British Library was then housed) in London.
Olendorf, Donna, editor. Something About the Author 66. Gale Research.
Emecheta, Buchi. Head Above Water. Heinemann.
Employer Mary Kingsley
For Kingsley's voyage the following year on behalf of the British Museum , Günther commissioned her to collect freshwater fish from the region between the Niger and Congo rivers, and he arranged for her to...


11 May 868: The earliest printed book extant which bears...

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11 May 868

The earliest printed book extant which bears a date, a classic Buddhist text entitled The Diamond Sutra, was printed in China on this day, as a tribute to both his parents from a man...

1705: The German-born entomologist Maria Sibilla...

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The German-born entomologist Maria Sibilla Merian (1647-1717) published at Amsterdam her handsome folio titled in Latin Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium and illustrated by herself.
Her second name is variously spelled. The British Library Catalogue records Sibylla...

5 April 1753: The British Parliament paid the daughters...

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5 April 1753

The British Parliament paid the daughters of the late Sir Hans Sloane £20,000 for his scientific collections. This transaction was previously laid out by Sloane's will from 20 July 1749.

15 January 1759: The first reading room of the British Museum...

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15 January 1759

The first reading room of the British Museum was opened.

15 January 1759: The British Museum (including what had formerly...

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15 January 1759

The British Museum (including what had formerly been known as the King's Library ), established six years earlier, was first opened to the public.

23 August 1799: Napoleon left his command in Egypt and headed...

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23 August 1799

Napoleon left his command in Egypt and headed for Paris, leaving behind him most of the huge haul of the country's artefacts which had already been packed for shipping to France.

1801: Thomas Bruce, Seventh Earl of Elgin, received...

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Thomas Bruce , Seventh Earl of Elgin, received permission to draw and make casts from statues at the Parthenon in Athens.

1802: The Rosetta stone, whose three-fold inscription...

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The Rosetta stone, whose three-fold inscription offered the opportunity of learning to decode ancient Egyptian, was presented to the British Museum after being captured in the Egyptian campaign the previous year.

15 February 1816: Lord Elgin petitioned the House of Commons:...

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15 February 1816

Lord Elgin petitioned the House of Commons : he wanted to compel the British Museum to buy his collection of ancient Greek artefacts, the Elgin Marbles (especially the famous frieze from the Parthenon in Athens).

1818: A Select Committee of the House of Commons...

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A Select Committee of the House of Commons recommended that the eleven free copies of books which publishers were currently obliged to provide for the Copyright Libraries be limited to a single copy for the...

1825: Alexander Dyce, then a twenty-seven-year-old...

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Alexander Dyce , then a twenty-seven-year-old reluctant clergyman, published his Specimens of British Poetesses, a project in rediscovering women's literary history.

1856: Richard Owen, a rival of Darwin and Huxley,...

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Richard Owen , a rival of Darwin and Huxley , was appointed superintendent of the natural history departments of the British Museum .

2 May 1857: A grand dome designed by Panizzi was opened...

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2 May 1857

A grand dome designed by Panizzi was opened in what had been the central courtyard of the British Museum .

1865: The Elgin Marbles were repaired and rearranged...

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The Elgin Marbles were repaired and rearranged at the British Museum.

1869: The British Museum opened its mineral collection...

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The British Museum opened its mineral collection to the public.


Hayden, Ruth. Mrs. Delany: Her Life and Her Flowers. British Museum, 1986.