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Enlightenments Galleries Of The British Museum

23 October, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

British Museum©Muriel Carré2023

Step back in time and come and see the world as it was collected during the Age of Reason with LearnArtory  Blue badge Guide , Muriel Carre .

The creaky oak and mahogany floor, the smell of old books in their leather bindings, the classical elegance of the long galleried room and the glass cases full of natural and man-made treasures are an invitation to understand how the world was collected and classified in an age of expanding trade, groundbreaking scientific discoveries and a new faith in Reason.

Come and discover how travellers, explorers, traders, scientists, diplomats and grand tourists amassed and collected artefacts, assembled knowledge and displayed their treasures. This amazing gallery – the first wing of the British Museum to be built – is the place for us to look back at the history of collecting and also to scrutinise  the present and the future of museums.

We will meet inside the museum, under the Great Court dome, near the Information Desk.

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